Return of the Atom / Atomin paluu

Finland was the first country in the west to give permission to build a new nuclear power plant after the Chernobyl disaster (1986). The OL3 plant in Eurajoki is being built by the French nuclear company Areva and was supposed to be ready in five years (2004–2009), being a calling card for nuclear industry’s second coming globally. However, the project has faced serious problems in planning, construction and safety automation. The project is delayed over nine years at the moment.
The film RETURN OF THE ATOM portrays the strange and stressful life in a small „nuclear town“ during an era of nuclear renaissance. There’s hardly any anti-nuclear resistance in Eurajoki, which creates a tense, unspoken consensus amongst local inhabitants and leaves room for paranoid scenarios.



Country of Production
Finland, Germany

Year of Production


Mika Taanila and Jussi Eerola

Kinotar in co-production with Blinker Filmproduktion, YLE, WDR and ZDF in collaboration with ARTE

Original Language
Finnish, English, French, German, Polish, Russian


Festivals / Awards

Toronto IFF 2015
cph:dox Copenhagen 2015 (NORDIC:DOX Award)
Nordic Film Days Luebeck 2015
IDFA Amsterdam 2015
Göteborg IFF 2016
Tampere FF 2016
Sofia IFF 2016
Crossing Europe FF Linz 2016
Seoul HRFF 2016
Nordisk Panorama Malmö 2016
360° Science FF Moscow 2016
Stranger Than Fiction FF Cologne 2017
I Boreali FF Milano 2017
Washington Environmental FF 2017
No Nukes FF Busan 2018

Finnish JUSSI Award 2016 in the category Best Original Score