Fukushima: A Nuclear Story
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‘Fukushima: A Nuclear Story’ stands out among 3/11 documentaries

The Japan Times (Japan)

Fukushima, where cinema and great journalism meet. In Fukushima – A Nuclear Story: the best possible journalism and an expert use of cinematic storytelling intertwine

Roldano Cisternino - Anonima Cinefili (Italy)

Everything that someone who prays for a television that is modern and at the same time respectful of our past, may ask for

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Synopsis

“The testimony of the first foreign journalist to arrive on the site of the accident unearths the truth about the Fukushima nuclear disaster.
An exceptional movie”
Naoto Kan (Japan Ex-premier)


A four-year long journey in the twofold tragedy that befell Japan in the March 2011, directed by Matteo Gagliardi, written by Christine Reinhold, Matteo Gagliardi e Pio d’Emilia. A Teatro Primo Studio- Film Beyond production.

Pio, the Italian Sky reporter who has lived in Japan for more than thirty years, is in Tokyo the day of the earthquake and decides to leave immediately to reach the area affected by the tsunami: he will be the first foreign journalist to do so.

“Fukushima: A Nuclear Story” offers a completely original point of view on the tragedy, narrated by the actor Massimo Dapporto’s voice in the Italian version and Willem Dafoe’s in the English version.

Christine Reinhold and Matteo Gagliardi manage to combine different elements in the documentary film, which is the result of three years of research and hard work. The story of a journalist, Pio d’Emilia, who refused to abandon his job even when the nuclear danger was at its greatest; the doubts and fears of man in the days following the threefold tragedy; the search for the truth regarding what really happened inside the Fukushima Daiichi plant: these all appear in the documentary. The former prime minister Naoto Kan, in a previously unreleased interview, will reveal how Tokyo, and probably the whole of Japan, avoided a much bigger tragedy thanks to sheer luck.

The director describes the tragic events using Manga Drawings, to make them more comprehensible to our perception.

Fukushima: a nuclear story” is not (only) a film about Fukushima, but rather Fukushima is its cause, the initiating event of the story that is being told. The issue that lies at the core of the film is whether it is right to produce energy, and if it is, at what cost and risk. Also, whether in evaluating the possible construction of a nuclear plant, this risk should be considered as more important than the economic profits garnered by those who build and manage the plants. It is the story of a broken valve that saved Japan from a much bigger tragedy. Are nuclear power plants safe? How much do we really know about these plants? Do we know anything about their maintenance, use and safety? Foreign journalists, together with the rest of the world, had to wait two years before they were even allowed to enter the nuclear power plant and see what was really going on. In Chernobyl, this possibility was not granted for a long time. People in Japan took to the streets for the first time demanding truth and affirming their right to know. The knowledge of what had really happened inside the power plant gave them the chance to make a conscious decision regarding their country and their safety. 

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Press & News

July 22 @ SiciliAmbiente

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Fukushima: A Nuclear Story, directed by Matteo Gagliardi and produced by Teatro Primo Studio- Film Beyond, is in competition at SiciliAmbiente, the international festival that showcases documentary films, short films and animated movies that deal with environmental issues, sustainability and human rights, which will be held at San Vito Lo Capo in Sicily from 19 to 24 July. Co-screenwriter Pio

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July 30 @ Social World Film Festival

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Fukushima: A Nuclear Story, directed by Matteo Gagliardi and produced by Teatro Primo Studio - Film Beyond is in competition at the Social World Film Festival, which will take place from 23 to 31 July 2016 in the beautiful setting of the Sorrento Coast. The director Matteo Gagliardi will be present at the screening that will be held at Museo

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AWARD // DIG AWARD – Long Reportage

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Fukushima: A Nuclear Story, directed by Matteo Gagliardi and produced by Teatro Primo Studio - Film Beyond, was awarded the DIG  Award in the long reportage section, ex aequo with #MyEscape. Co-writers Christine Reinhold, Matteo Gagliardi and Pio d'Emilia accepted the award in Riccione in the course of the closing night of the

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Credits

footer-fotoProduction: Teatro Primo Studio – Film Beyond
Director: Matteo Gagliardi
Screenplay: Christine Reinhold, Matteo Gagliardi, Pio d’Emilia
Loosely based on the book: “Tsunami Nucleare” by Pio d’Emilia
Narrated by: Willem Dafoe
Executive Producers: Christine Reinhold, René Bourdages
Editing & Post-Production Supervisor: Matteo Gagliardi
Editing Assistant: Christine Reinhold
Manga Artwork: Ilaria Gelli, Nicola Ronci
(European Academy of Manga)
Camera Operators: Guillaume Bression, Pio d’Emilia
Director of Photography: Guillaume Bression
With the contribution of Sky for journalistic materials
Archive footage provided by: NHK, Greenpeace
Voices: Hal Yamanouchi, Rachel Roberts, Chuck Rolando
Music: Fabrizio Campanelli
Additional Music: Enrico Goldoni
Music Performed by: Budapest Symphony Orchestra,
conducted by Enrico Goldoni
Sound Design and Sound Mix: Giorgio Vita Levi
Special Visual Effects: Xavier Corbeau, Francesco Surace,
Giovanni De Laurentis, Leonardo Paolini, Antonio Pepe
Post-production Advisor: Monier G. Quartararo
Pictures by: Pierpaolo Mittica, Kenji Higuchi
Production Assistant: Marta Gara
Translations Ita – Eng: Francesca Morgante
Translations Ita – Jap: Ito Itaru, Pio d’Emilia
Scientific Advisor: Marco Casolino
Running Time: 84′ (director’s cut) / 56′ (TV Hour)
Aspect: 2 : 35 Sound: Dolby 5.1 Color: Color
Languages: Ita / Eng / Jap Subtitles: Eng / Ita
Origin: Italy

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