Atomic Awards – Films from the 2012 Uranium Film Festival
Special achievement awards Uranium Film Festival, by Robert del Tredici , 23 Aug 12, Special achievement awards of the 2nd International Uranium Film Festival go to “Chernobyl, the Invisible Thief”, by Christoph Boekel (Germany), “Buried in Earthskin”, by Helena Kingwill (South Africa), “Australian Atomic Confessions”, by Katherine Aigner (Australia),
“Radioactive Wolves”, by Klaus Feichtenberger (Austria), “The Secret and the Sacred: Two Worlds at Los Alamos” by Claus Biegert, (Germany) and “Rokkasho Rhapsody” by Hitomi Kamanaka (Japan) and to Peter Greenaway’s outstanding experimental documentary “Atomic Bombs on the Planet Earth”.
“Atomic Bombs on the Planet Earth”
Peter Greenaway and Irma de Vries (Video design), United Kingdom/The Netherlands
Special Achievement Award “Hors Concours” for reminding us of something we have tended to forget, or maybe even not to know: that 2,201 atomic bombs have been exploded on, within, or over our own home planet – which, from Earth’s point of view, are not atomic tests at all but preemptive nuclear strikes. Greenaway creates an infernal cinematic aesthetic to convey this truth.
Using 25 screens at once, Atomic Bombs on Planet Earth overwhelms the viewer’s field of vision with dazzling cascades of poison fire punctuated by percussive sounds and eerie sonics to convey the reckless enormity of the many Bombs
humans exploded not all that long ago. The grid of screens gives rise to multiples of every blast a dozen times or more and staggers clips to make them tumble downscreen, slantwise, in coruscating tides. By the time the razzle-dazzle’s over, Greenaway has delivered more fireballs than any viewer will be able to absorb — and more than any living planet may be able to sustain. The first Trinity blast appears several times as Robert Oppenheimer provides the film’s voice-over
with words repeated like a mantra: “Some laughed – Some cried – Most remained silent.”
These are hardly words of wisdom from the father of the Bomb… and half a century on, in the absence of anything like sage words on nuclear weapons, we get what’s coming to us: an experimental documentary impossible to forget that triggers in our collective brain an atomic migraine of criminally insane proportions whose energies go deeper and are destined to last longer than our own DNA. http://www.uraniofestival.org/index.php/en/home-en/73-en/frontpage-en/162-special-achievement-awards http://www.uraniofestival.org/index.php/en/home-en/73-en/frontpage-en/162-special-achievement-awards