Cathedrals of Culture, a 3D doc series exec produced by Pina filmmaker Wim Wenders (pictured), has secured several pre-sales at the European Film Market in Berlin.
The 6 x 30-minutes series, which will be shot in both 3D and 2D, was picked up by Arte and Rundfunk Berlin-Brandenburg (RBB) in Germany; the Danish Broadcasting Corporation; Sky 3D in Italy; Canal Plus in Spain and Poland; RTV Slovenia and RTVS in Slovakia; YES in Israel; and SBS in Australia.
Each episode of the series will be helmed by a different filmmaker and will explore how a specific building reflects its cultural and societal surrounds. Wenders, Michael Madsen, Michael Glawogger, James Marsh (Man on Wire) and Karim Ainouz are all confirmed to direct. A sixth director will be named shortly.
The buildings featured in the series include the Berlin Philharmonic (Wenders), Halden Prison in Norway (Madsen), the National Library in St. Petersburg, Russia (Glawogger) and St. Pancras Railway Station in London (Marsh).
“Technology advances fast, and we have just seen the very beginning of what 3D is able to do,” he explained. “I’m convinced that 3D is really a whole new film language, and just as big a step for cinema as sound or color were.”
Cathedrals of Culture is being produced by Neue Road Movies, the company behind Wenders’ Oscar-nominated 3D dance hybird Pina. Cinephil is handling sales for the series, and coproduction partners are RBB in collaboration with Arte, Final Cut for Real in Copenhagen and Les Films d’Ici 2 in Paris.
The project has also received funding from Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg. Arte, the main broadcast partner, will air the series in 3D and 2D in 2014. Erwin M. Schmidt and Gian-Piero Ringel serve as producers, while Anne Köhncke, Signe Byrge, Charlotte Uzu and Richard Copans serve as coproducers.