For a better experience on MUBI, update your browser.
47 Ratings

Cathedrals of Culture

Germany, 2014


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.

This film is not currently playing on MUBI but 30 other great films are. See what’s now showing
Cathedrals of Culture Directed by Wim Wenders, Robert Redford, Karim Aïnouz ...

Critics reviews

All six [films] are lighter works than, say, the kind of movies about architecture that Heinz Emigholz has made. Still, with a film running in two parts, at a combined length of 168 minutes, you might wish you could walk on by certain stretches instead of staying seated.
April 30, 2015
Read full article
Shot in exceptionally dark tones — though this seems right after a while — the close-ups [in the Glawogger short] bring out the vibrancy of antique manuscripts, some with hand-drawn precious illustrations. You can practically hear the creak as the pages turn. Another standout is the film by Danish director Michael Madsen on the Halden Prison in Norway, the “world’s most humane prison.”
April 28, 2015
Read full article
[Glawogger’s] film is more of an abstract poem which builds a scenic chasm between sound and images… [Madsen’s segment] works as a neat debate starter between those who feel that prison needs to be a punishment and those who feel it should be concerned with rehabilitation.
October 16, 2014
Read full article

Related films