Cathedrals of Culture

“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 Aïnouz: Centre Pompidou – Paris, France


Produced by: Erwin M. Schmidt, Gian-Piero Ringel

Executive Producer: Wim Wenders

Co-Producers: Signe Byrge Sørensen, Anne Köhncke (DK), Tommy Pridnig, Peter Wirthensohn (AT), Maria Ekerhovd (N), Charlotte Uzu (F), Laura Michalchyshyn, Sidney Beaumont (USA), Nobuya Wazaki, Kayo Washio (JP)

Produced by: Neue Road Movies (D)

Co-produced by: Final Cut For Real (DK), Lotus Film (AT), Mer Film (NO), Les Films d’Ici 2 (FR), Sundance Productions / RadicalMedia (USA), Rundfunk Berlin-Brandenburg In Collaboration with Arte (D/F), Wowow (JP)

Director of Stereography: Joséphine Derobe

International Sales:  Cinephil/ Philippa Kowarsky