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Cinema

Nuclear

Out of Competition

Director:
Oliver Stone
Production:
Brighter Future (Fernando Sulichin, Maximilien Arvelaiz, Rob Wilson)
Running Time:
106’
Language:
English, French, Russian
Country:
USA
Screenplay:
Oliver Stone, Joshua S. Goldstein
Cinematographer:
Lucas Fuica, Korkut Akir, Steven Wacks
Editor:
Brian Berdan, Kurt Mattila
Music:
Vangelis
Sound:
Dean Hurley
Based on the book:A Bright Future: How Some Countries Have Solved Climate Change and the Rest Can Follow
By:Joshua S. Goldstein and Staffan A. Qvist

Synopsis

As fossil fuels continue to cook the planet, the world is finally becoming forced to confront the influence of large oil companies and tactics that have enriched a small group of corporations and individuals for generations. Beneath our feet, Uranium atoms in the Earth’s crust hold incredibly concentrated energy. Science unlocked this energy in the mid-20th century, first for bombs and then to power submarines and the United States led the effort to generate electricity from this new source. Yet in the mid-20th century
as societies began the transition to nuclear power and away from fossil fuels, a long-term PR campaign to scare the public began, funded in large part by oil interests. This campaign would sow fear about harmless low-level radiation and create confusion between nuclear weapons and nuclear power. With unprecedented access to the nuclear industry in France, Russia, and the United States, director Oliver Stone explores the possibility for the global community to overcome challenges like climate change and reach a brighter future through the power of nuclear energy.

Director’s Statement

Climate change has brutally forced us to take a new look at the ways in which we generate energy as a global community. Long regarded as dangerous in popular culture, nuclear power is in fact hundreds of times safer than fossil fuels and accidents are extremely rare. So, how can we lift billions of people from poverty while rapidly cutting greenhouse gases like carbon dioxide and methane—and, in many countries, coal? ‘Renewables’ like wind and solar power can certainly contribute to this transition but are limited by weather and geography. While miracle batteries are not arriving to save us, engineers have been commercialising new, smaller nuclear reactor designs that can be mass- manufactured at low cost. We must switch over—and fast. This is, in my mind, the greatest story of our time—discussing humanity’s arc from poverty to prosperity and its mastery of science to overcome the modern demand for more and more energy.

Producers/Distributors

PRODUCTION: Fernando Sulichin, Maximilien Arvelaiz, Rob Wilson – Brighter Future LLC
11601 Wilshire Blvd. #2180
90025 – Los Angeles, United States of America
Tel.+1 3104608220
robertswilson@aol.com

WORLD SALES: Bart Walker – The Gersh Agency
United States of America
Tell. +1 9178591350
bwalker@gersh.com
bartwalker13@mac.com

PRESS OFFICE: Dixon Knox – Sunshine Sachs
Mob. +1 2035244405
knox@sunshinesachs.com


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