Atomic: Living in Dread and Promise

Mark Cousins' bold doc is an impressionistic kaleidoscope of our nuclear times, with a new musical score by Mogwai.


Mark Cousins





Running Time

71 mins 

SFGFF Film Program:

Green Film Fest Screening - April 21, 2017

San Francisco Premiere

Director's Choice: Seventy years ago, the bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki showed the appalling destructive power of the atomic bomb. Mark Cousins' (THE STORY OF FILM) bold documentary looks at death in the atomic age, but life too. Using only archive film and a haunting new musical score by Scottish post-rock band Mogwai, the film is an impressionistic kaleidoscope of our nuclear times - protest marches, Cold War sabre-rattling, Chernobyl and Fukishima - but also the sublime beauty of the atomic world, and how x-rays and MRI scans have improved human lives. The nuclear age has been a nightmare, but dreamlike too.