The OL3 plant in Eurajoki, Finland was supposed to mark the nuclear industry’s second coming globally but, serious issues in planning, construction and safety automation stalled the project. Begun in 2004 and delayed over nine years, “Return of the Atom” portrays the strange and stressful life in a small nuclear town hoping for a nuclear renaissance.
“Nuclear towns all over the world are usually small communities, where it’s easier for energy companies do to their wheeling and dealing. We wanted to make a portrait of such a small, closed community, which took us a hundred days of shooting over the course of eight years,” the directors explained.
Taanila is also a visual artist based in Helsinki; Eerola is also an arthouse cinematographer, working in short film and documentary. “Return of the Atom” screening dates and times at Toronto to come. Lasse Saarinen is a producer.