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Pripyat

Nikolaus Geyrhalter / AT, 1999 / 100 min.

The town of Pripyat, five kilometres from the Chernobyl nuclear power station, is inside the highly radioactive 30-kilometre zone. The inhabitants were evacuated, but a few hundred people still live there. Documentary maker Nikolaus Geyrhalter spoke to them: what’s life like there?

poster Pripyat (Nikolaus Geyrhalter, AT 1999)
When Russia invaded Ukraine, for several weeks Russian troops occupied the Chernobyl nuclear power station, making this radioactive location headline news again.

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Director

Nikolaus Geyrhalter

Production year

1999

Country

AT

Original title

Pripyat

Length

100 min.

Language

Russian

Subtitles

ENG

Format

DCP

Part of

Cinema Ecologica

Much in life is uncertain, but one thing is sure: climate change. Cinema Ecologica focuses on how film directors depict the relationship between humanity and the earth: from nail-biting disaster films to artistic meditations, from romantic nature experiences to astounding science fiction.

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Why in Eye

When I watched Pripyat for the Cinema Ecologica programme, the Chernobyl nuclear power station seemed to be a hazard again: the Russians had fired on the power station and occupied it, and the cooling system was in trouble. I jumped on my bike, but couldn’t get iodine tablets anywhere. Seems I wasn’t the only one reliving the fear of radiation from 1986.

Anna Abrahams
programmeur Eye

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