Six “Cathedrals of Culture” in six art films

Kathedralen der Kultur

SEETIES “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 – presented at the 64° Berlinale (2014) – 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, born from an idea by Wim Wenders. Buildings, they show us, are material manifestations of human thought and action: the Berlin Philharmonic, an icon of modernity; the National Library of Russia in St. Petersburg, a kingdom of thoughts; the Halden Prison in Norway, “the world’s most human prison” according to the Times; the Salk Institute in California, a first-class institute for breakthrough science; the Oslo Opera House, a futuristic symbiosis of art and life; and the Centre Pompidou, a modern culture machine in the ancient heart of Paris. 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 Aïnouz: Centre Pompidou – Paris, France

Produced by: Erwin M. Schmidt, Gian-Piero Ringel
Executive Producer: Wim Wenders

A project by Neue Road Movie


Centre Pompidou – Paris, France
National Library – St. Petersburg, Russia
Halden Prison – Halden, Norway
Opera House – Oslo, Norway
Salk Institute – La Jolla, California, USA
Berlin Philharmonic – Berlin, Germany


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