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Film info: Under Control

Film Information

Original Title Under Control
English Title Under Control
Director Volker Sattel
Year 2011
Format 35 mm
Colour Color
Duration 98 min
  • Guión: Volker Sattel, Stefan Stefanescu
  • Fotografía: Volker Sattel
  • Montaje: Stefan Krumbiegel, Volker Sattel
  • Producción: Susann Schimk, Jörg Trentmann


Under Control takes a fascinated glimpse of a series of nuclear plants in Germany and Austria, with a level of abstraction created almost entirely with THC. With its giant, long shots –in scope format, making the most of those mega-structures’ cheap sci-fi feel– Under Control gets closer to the adventurous Herzog of recent years than to any other form of documentary style. Taking the opportunity to show how insane that world is (nuclear dementia, to be coherent with the energy in question) director Volker Sattel seems to be laughing at these empty spaces quietly and with no rush, and also displaying an attitude of denunciation rather than simple adoration. Sattel makes a remarkable use of framings and sounds listening to everything, from control panels to operatives in their underwear, from reactors used as recreational parks to the international organism in charge of controlling nuclear energy. On his way through that monstrous universe, he creates a wild hybrid that is yet controlled by a mechanism so close to science fiction as the most state of the art technology.

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