Films Documentaries Return of The Atom

Finland was the first country in the west to give permission to build a new nuclear power plant after the Chernobyl disaster (1986). The OL3 plant in Eurajoki is being built by Areva and it was supposed to be ready in five years (2004-2009), being a calling card for nuclear industry's second coming globally. However, the project has faced serious problems in planning, construction and safety automation. The project is delayed over nine years at the moment.

The film Return of The Atom portrays the strange and stressful life in an small "nuclear town" during an era of nuclear renaissance. There's hardly any anti-nuclear resistance in Eurajoki, which creates a tense, unspoken consensus amongst local inhabitants and leaves room for paranoid scenarios.


104 min, Finland/Germany
Directors: Mika Taanila, Jussi Eerola
Cinematography: Jussi Eerola
Editing: Mika Taanila
Music: Pan sonic
Sound design: Olli Huhtanen
Producers: Cilla Werning, Meike Martens
Executive producer: Lasse Saarinen
International sales: Deckert Distributon GmbH
Production companies: Kinotar, Blinker Filmproduktion


Festivals and prizes

TIFF.40 Toronto International Film Festival 2015

IDFA Amsterdam 18.-29.11.2015 Best of Fest

Copenhagen Nordic DOX Festival 5.-15.11.2015