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Evening Land (1977)

Aftenlandet (original title)
Not Rated | | Drama, Sci-Fi | 21 February 1977 (Denmark)
Made with a cast of 192 non-professional actors, Evening Land continues to explore the form of fictional documentary intervening polemically into a period of intense debates about the media... See full summary »


Peter Watkins
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Credited cast:
Bent Andersen Bent Andersen
Kai Schøning Andersen Kai Schøning Andersen
Mogens Andersen Mogens Andersen
Oluf Andersen Oluf Andersen
Patricia Bay Andersen Patricia Bay Andersen
Steen Andersen Steen Andersen
Peter O. Back Peter O. Back
Niels Baden Niels Baden
Carsten Baess Carsten Baess
Kent Bajer Kent Bajer
Jon Bang Carlsen Jon Bang Carlsen
Erling Barfoed Erling Barfoed
Peter Bay Peter Bay
Allan Beattie Allan Beattie
Bengt Bengtsen Bengt Bengtsen
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Made with a cast of 192 non-professional actors, Evening Land continues to explore the form of fictional documentary intervening polemically into a period of intense debates about the media, worker militancy, terrorism and the anti-nuclear movement. Written by Anonymous

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Title is inspired by Oswald Spengler's "Undergang des Abendlandes," known in English as "The Decline of the West." See more »

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Possibly the most realistic journey into dystopia put on film
1 August 2015 | by Gloede_The_SaintSee all my reviews

In this explosive, slow burning film Watkins infuriated both sides of the political spectrum in Denmark - which is to the film's honor! Evening Land is careful and disturbingly realistic near future sci-fi that continues Watkins documentary inspired filmmaking. The film is an incredible study in just how carefully it crafts it's world, and it's done to such perfection that many people easily could be fooled by it's authenticity today.

The focus of the film is a large scale strike carried out by danish workers who refuse to construct submarines (and ships) that will (likely) carry nuclear weapons and a conference that might determine the future presence of nuclear weapons in Europe. At the same time "non-violent" terrorists strike, leading to full scale orchestrated panic, bad journalism, resurgence of the right and a continuing downward spiral into a bleaker and bleaker reality.

It's only true downside is that it can be a bit long-winded, particularly the early portions of the film were we mostly focus on the worker conflict, and we still seem to be in normative Scandinavia (I even had to check if this was in fact a documentary). Put the fact that the path to dystopia is painted by reality (or something dangerously close) only increases the value of the work.

The rhetoric used by the increasingly oppressive government is exactly the same you'd not only expect to hear today, but likely have heard many times before. You can also understand the rational of all sides, you can understand why the government and the factories want this, you can see why most people wouldn't even think this was a particularly big problem, and you can see how each event influence the next. 8/10.

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21 February 1977 (Denmark) See more »

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Copenhagen, Denmark

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