06:30 pm Salle Fernand-Seguin
September, 20th 2017
Let There Be Light

Let There Be Light (PRIMEUR)

Director: Van Royko, Mila Aung-Thwin [Can.-Fr.-It.-Suisse-É.-U., 2017, 80 min, DCP, VOSTF] with Bernard Bigot, Alessandro Bonito-Oliva

LET THERE BE LIGHT explore le futur de l'énergie atomique à travers le travail acharné des spécialistes de la fusion qui tentent de répondre à la question : peut-on créer sur Terre un soleil artificiel ? En frôlant le récit d'anticipation et la science-fiction, LET THERE BE LIGHT suit sur plusieurs années l'élaboration du projet international le plus ambitieux jamais mis en place pour faire de la fusion nucléaire une réalité : le gigantesque réacteur expérimental ITER, situé dans le sud de la France et qui regroupe des spécialistes de 37 pays différents, pourrait à terme proposer une nouvelle énergie qui remplacerait définitivement les énergies fossiles polluantes.

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Clean, safe and unlimited power has been an obsession for scientists and inventors for centuries, and an underlying preoccupation for our society as a whole. Since the 1940s, when we first understood how the sun creates energy, nuclear fusion has been energy’s holy grail.

For decades, fusion has been delayed and thwarted by failure, miscalculation, fraud and politics. It has been maddeningly always just out of reach, which seems to make people obsess over it all the more. “Fusion is the energy of the future… and always will be,” goes one old joke.

But today, fusion is being pursued with a renewed zeal, mostly because we’ve never needed it like we do now. 37 countries are currently collaborating to build the biggest experiment ever, in order to prove that fusion is viable. Will we finally succeed, or will the project collapse under its own massive complexity? The film chronicles the work of the passionate scientists who are struggling to make it work.

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