ATOMOPOLIS: ASSEMBLING UTOPIA AT THE UKRAINIAN FILM FESTIVAL IN SWEDEN
Atomopolis: Assembling Utopia – a collaborative project between Oleksandr Dovzhenko National Centre and the Festival of Film and Urbanism 86 – was screened on October 30 in Gothenburg (Sweden) as part of the 2nd Nordic Ukrainian Film Festival.
The festival opened on October 25 with Ostap Kostiuk’s Living Fire, which was recently released in Ukraine. And the next screening on the program was Atomopolis: Assembling Utopia, made by Stanislav Menzelevskyi, Anna Onufrienko and Oleksandr Teliuk.
The film was presented in Gothenburg by one of its makers, specialist of Research and Programming Department at Dovzhenko Centre, Oleksandr Teliuk.
Screenings took place at the Hagabion Cinema – one of the best-known Swedish platforms for indie and art cinema. The festival was organized by Ukrainian Association in Gothenburg, with the support of the Department of Culture of the City of Gothenburg, the Ukrainian Institute of Sweden and Ukrainian International Airlines.
ATOMOPOLIS: ASSEMBLING UTOPIA
2016, Ukraine, 50 min.
Authors: Stanislav Menzelevskyi, Anna Onufrienko, Oleksandr Teliuk
Narrator: Yurii Makarov
Producer: Teta Tsybulnyk
Production of Oleksandr Dovzhenko National Centre and the Festival of Film and Urbanism “86”.
Atomopolis is a general name for satellite cities of nuclear power plants, as well as the name of one of the last utopian Soviet projects. Development of the nuclear power industry gave new energy to the post-war Soviet economy. Next to nuclear power plants grew a new type of cities – atomopolises, which embodied the current ideological, urbanistic, environmental and scientific ambitions. In the 1970s-1980s, when the Soviet state was experiencing a social and ideological crisis, atomopolises became sanctuaries for the Soviet utopia.
Atomopolis: Assembling Utopia was put together from stock footage of construction and operation of seven Ukrainian atomopolises – Prypiat, Kuznetsovsk, Enerhodar, Netishyn, Yuzhnoukrainsk, Teplodar and Orbita. The film explores the history of the nuclear towns and attempts to reveal the utopian and ideological components of the atomopolis’s cinematic image.