A film project in 3D about the soul of buildings

  • by six acclaimed filmmakers
  • Premiere at the Berlin International Film Festival 2014, Berlinale Special

“If buildings could talk, what would they say about us?”
CATHEDRALS OF CULTURE offers six startling responses. This 3D film project about the soul of buildings allows six iconic and very different buildings to speak for themselves, examining human life from the unblinking perspective of a manmade structure. Six acclaimed filmmakers bring their own visual style and artistic approach to the project. Buildings, they show us, are material manifestations of human thought and action: the Berlin Philharmonic, an icon of modernity; the National Library of Russia, a kingdom of thoughts; Halden Prison, the world’s most humane prison; the Salk Institute, an institute for breakthrough science; the Oslo Opera House, a futuristic symbiosis of art and life; and the Centre Pompidou, a modern culture machine. CATHEDRALS OF CULTURE explores how each of these landmarks reflects our culture and guards our collective memory.

WIM WENDERS: Berlin Philharmonic – Berlin, Germany
MICHAEL GLAWOGGER: National Library – St. Petersburg, Russia
MICHAEL MADSEN: Halden Prison – Halden, Norway
ROBERT REDFORD: Salk Institute – La Jolla, California, USA
MARGRETH OLIN: Opera House – Oslo, Norway
KARIM AINOUZ: Centre Pompidou – Paris, France