By Bryce J. Renninger | Indiewire January 19, 2011 at 7:36AM
The distributor International Film Circuit has announced that it will release "Into Eternity" in theatrically in the US and Canada. The film, directed by Danish filmmaker Michael Madsen, asks the question: What should we do with our vast amounts of nuclear waste? "Into Eternity" debuted on home turf at the 2009 Copenhagen Documentary Film Festival (CPH:DOX) and garnered great critical acclaim along its extensive doc festival run. Last night, the film was nominated for two awards (Cinematography and International Feature Film) at the Cinema Eye Honors.
The film will begin its run February 2 at NYC's Film Forum, and a North American rollout will follow.
The complete press release is written below.
NEW YORK, NY (JANUARY 18, 2011) – International Film Circuit announced today that it has acquired US and Canadian theatrical rights to "Into Eternity," a multiple award-winning documentary written and directed by Michael Madsen in his feature film debut. "Into Eternity" was nominated for two Cinema Eye Honors, and it won the 2010 Green Screen Award at Amsterdam’s IDFA, which many consider the world’s top-rated documentary film festival.
"Into Eternity" was produced by Lise Lense-Møller of Magic Hour Films, producer of last year’s Academy Award-nominated "Burma VJ." The new film is a startlingly beautiful and mind-bending provocation that asks the questions, “how can we possibly store nuclear waste safely for 100,000 years, and how will we explain to future generations not to open the storage facilities.”
The theatrical premiere of "Into Eternity" is scheduled for February 2nd at New York City’s prestigious Film Forum, to be followed by a national rollout. It is presently playing across the UK where it was released last November by Dogwoof Film Distribution.
“We are thrilled that 'Into Eternity' has been picked up by Wendy Lidell and International Film Circuit. Having such a dedicated and experienced distributor means so much for this film at this time. 'Into Eternity' really deserves to get a national audience in the US now since the nuclear waste issue has become very pressing after the end of the Yucca Mountain project.”
The deal was negotiated for International Film Circuit by Wendy Lidell, President, and Diana Holtzberg, Vice President of Films Transit International, the film’s world sales agent. “International Film Circuit’s long track record with both sophisticated art films and social issue documentaries make them a perfect fit for handling an unusual project that appeals to audiences on both levels,” said Holtzberg.
“'Into Eternity' raises one of the most important issues of our day in a way that is both less confrontational and more convincing than any mere work of advocacy journalism”, said Lidell, adding, “anyone who sees this film will come away with a wholly changed perspective on nuclear power. The phrase paradigm shift comes to mind.”
International Film Circuit has been releasing independent films in the US and Canada since 1987. The company’s recent documentary releases have included "Enemies of the People," "Yoo-Hoo, Mrs. Goldberg," "The Devil Came on Horseback," and Academy-Award nominee "Darwin’s Nightmare."