Cathedrals of Culture

( Denmark, France, Germany, Japan, USA / 2014 )
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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, the National Library of Russia Halden Prison, the Salk Institute, the Oslo Opera House, and the Centre Pompidou. The series explores how these landmarks reflects our culture and guards our collective memory.
Formats: Digital Copy, DVD
Running Time: 6 x 26 min.
Theme: Arts and Culture, Creative, Society, Urbanism
Language(s): English
Subtitles: English
Director(s): Wim Wenders see all »
Producer(s): Erwin M. Schmidt, Gian-Piero Ringel
Excluded regions: Germany, Australia
Cathedrals of Culture


  • "One of the most fervent hymns to architecture ever sung (...) Clever, coy, precious, stirring… It's a film of many moods."
    The Hollywood Reporter
    Deborah Young
  • "Completely immersive experience"
    Screen International
    Flossie Topping

Academic Notes

  • Spectacles of the Sacred Secular: A Review of Cathedrals of Culture
    Cathedrals of Culture, a six-part omnibus film spearheaded by Wim Wenders, announces itself as a “3D Film Project about the Soul of Buildings.” Aiming to redefine “cathedral” for a secular age, the buildings showcased serve not religion but the institutions of science, art, and law that form the foundations of modern culture....

    By Cortland Rankin,PhD Candidate, Cinema Studies, NYU
  • A Companion to Heritage Studies, by William Logan, Mairéad Nic Craith, Ullrich Kockel
    The Cathedrals of Culture project illustrates a significant shift in the way we think about buildings and places
  • (Re-)Building Heritage: Intergrating Tangible and Intangible, by MN Craith, U Kockel
    "The Cathedrals of Culture project illustrates a significant shift in the way we think about buildings and places"

awards & accolades

  • Berlinale - 2014 special: world premiere

Festival participation

  • Berlinale 2014
  • Sofia International Film Festival 2014
  • Cinéma du Réel IDFF 2014
  • Docville International Documentary Film Festival 2014
  • Dok. Fest Munich 2014
  • Beldocs (Serbia) 2014
  • Transilvania International Film Festival (Romania) 2014
  • Biografilm (Bologna) 2014
  • Edinburgh Film Festival 2014
  • Moscow International Film Festival 2014
  • Jerusalem Film Festival 2014
  • Durban International Film Festival
  • Espo Cine 2014

viewers comments

Additional Info
Co-producer- Anne Köhncke, Signe Byrge Sørensen (DK), Tommy Pridnig, Peter Wirthensohn (AT), Maria Ekerhovd (N), Charlotte Uzu (F), Laura Michalchyshyn, Sidney Beaumont (US), Nobuya Wazaki, Kayo Washio (JP)
executive producer- Wim Wenders

Production Company: Neue Road Movies
Distribution Company: Cinephil

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