On the thirtieth anniversary of the Chernobyl disaster, a preview of The Russian Woodpecker, the movie directed by Chad Gracia which won the Grand Jury Prize at Sundance in 2015.
What if it was not just an accident? I Wonder Pictures presents a preview of The Russian Woodpecker, 30 years after the explosion of the reactor at Chernobyl, which casts a new light on the origins and reasons behind the disaster.
Presented for the first preview in Italy at Biografilm 2015, where it won the Hera Prize for "New Talents" for the best first film, The Russian Woodpecker will be distributed in Italian cinemas by I Wonder Pictures starting from 7 April.
Thirty years ago, the Chernobyl incident aroused worldwide attention to the risks of nuclear energy. Today it is still the only major nuclear disaster officially recognized as caused by human error. But what if it was not caused by a mistake?
In 1986 Fedor was only four years old. When he starts to investigate the catastrophe, he discovers the Duga, a giant antenna that was supposed to interfere with western communications and infiltrate them with Soviet propaganda. A structure that has never worked and that, perhaps, is no stranger to the reactor burst... In the midst of the Ukrainian revolution, Fedor brings to light a dangerous truth for himself and those around him, in a political thriller punctuated by the disturbing and cadenced noise of the threatening Duga, similar in every way to that of a big woodpecker.
Admission to the preview is free and organized in association with I Wonder Pictures, the International Journalism Festival and Cinema Postmodernissimo of Perugia.