Is it possible to bury the immortal? Burial is a study of the man's extreme capabilities and innovative efforts, in an exploration of the paradox between our technological advances and our increasingly complex relationships with nature.
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Original Title: Burial Director: Emilija Škarnulytė Country: Norway Year: 2022 Duration: 60 min Producers: Dagnė Vildžiūnaitė & Elisa Fernanda Pirir

SPECIAL SCREENING: 16th of October (7 PM). Conversation with director Emilija Škarnulytė (Lithuania).

Burial invites viewer for an immersive sensorial trip into the unique and vast Ignalina Nuclear Power Plant (INPP) in Lithuania, now undergoing a decommissioning process. Cold War energy structures impact recent geopolitical processes and leave planetary threats over long periods of time. The project takes a geological approach – it reads things that compose this flat landscape as a stack of stratigraphic layers.

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With striking images and meticulous sound work, Emilija Škarnulytė gives us a haunting reflection on the effect of nuclear power. The organic and mechanical is brought together in this meditative and immersive sersorial trip, and from the acheological perspective of a visitor from the future, we observe the unimaginable power lurking just out of view.

Emilija Škarnulytė (b. Vilnius, Lithuania 1987) is an artist and filmmaker. Working between documentary and the imaginary, Škarnulytė makes films and immersive installations exploring deep time and invisible structures, from the cosmic and geologic to the ecological and political. Her blind grandmother gently touches the weathered statue of a Soviet dictator. Neutrino detectors and particular colliders measure the cosmos with otherworldly architecture.

"The ocean is sound. The ocean is transmission. The ocean is cosmic. How to measure the Ocean and its scale? Using my own body to measure the depths of time and space."


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