'Cathedrals of Culture' Landmarks Guard Human Memory (Update)

EYES IN Magazine Editor-in-Chief Vivian Van Dijk is live at Berlinale and screened Wim Wenders' 3D 'Cathedrals of Culture'. Vivian says, "The film interprets the building as a soul, which is a very innovative way to show to the public what a building is really for use when we visit, work, celebrate, or live in it.

"The documentary touches the core what architecture is about and what a good architect should always realize and question him or herself - how should the soul of a building influence and make the people who use it come across? This documentary is a very important historic document. At the same time, once you have seen this documentary you will see a building through the eyes of an architect and will better understand its functions and its heartbeat. It was a daring step to make this documentary, but a very valuable one for architecture and its society."

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Wim Wenders' 3D vision collaborates with five renowned directors to bring 'Cathedrals of Culture' to life.

Synopsis of Cathedrals of Culture

'If buildings could talk, what would they say about us?' Cathedrals of Culture offers six startling responses to this question. 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, a scientific monastery on the California coast; 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, Michael Glawogger, Michael Madsen, Robert Redford, Margreth Olin, Karim Aïnouz

Source: Berlinale

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