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The Cathedral (2002)

Katedra (original title)
A space fantasy about an explorer who pays a visit to an unusual cathedral built with organic materials.


Tomasz Baginski


Tomasz Baginski (screenplay by), Jacek Dukaj (based on the short story by) | 1 more credit »

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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 1 win. See more awards »


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Cast overview:
Jola Rzebuska Jola Rzebuska ... (voice)
Maria Kucharska Maria Kucharska ... (voice)
Marcin Jaskowski Marcin Jaskowski ... (voice)
Piotr Widlarz Piotr Widlarz ... (voice)


The shadowy figure of a solitary pilgrim drifts away within the dark halls of a Gothic cathedral. Impossible to ignore the magnificent organic structure which perches atop an infinite abyss, the silent wanderer is dwarfed by the ancestors' colossal statues. Is this the eternal shrine of the glorious warriors? Written by Nick Riganas

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Release Date:

24 March 2002 (Poland) See more »

Also Known As:

La catedral See more »

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Platige Image See more »
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital | Dolby SR



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Most takes show the system to consist of three bodies: the planet with the cathedral, the white sun, and the big object that eclipses the sun. The reappearance of light in the cathedral comes from the movement of the big object, and the sun remains stationary relative to the cathedral throughout the movie. Still, in two takes shadows of the cathedral columns/and or rays of lights appear to move relative to the cathedral, as if the sun moved very quickly relative to the cathedral. See more »


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Human pillars
21 May 2007 | by ackstasisSee all my reviews

On a far distant planet stands a immense cathedral, seemingly derelict and lifeless. A solitary traveler stands before the crumbling columns, silently watching and waiting. The film leaves countless questions unanswered, its dialogue-free script allowing for the visuals and music to tell the story, and for the viewer to fill in the blanks. Where is this beautiful planet? Who is this lone traveler? Why has he made this pilgrimage to such a remote cathedral? Indeed, who actually built this cathedral, and for how long has it stood here?

Tomek Baginski's animated short film, 'Katedra / The Cathedral,' is a fascinating and visually-stunning journey into the unknown, and a philosophical exploration of the nature of religion. It is based upon Jacek Dukaj's short story of the same name, and was created using 3ds Max, a full-featured 3D graphics application developed by Autodesk Media and Entertainment. The CGI visuals, which allegedly took three years to produce, are nothing short of perfect, every frame as beautiful as the last. With no dialogue to speak of, 'Katedra' also relies heavily on its choice of music, and the steadily-building electronic track used during the film's climax is wonderfully rousing.

The conclusion itself is worthy of some discussion, though I'll stop short of giving away what actually happens. What could this ending actually be implying? That a religion is comprised solely of its believers? Could the pilgrim's faith have allowed him to become a part of something wonderful and glorious? This, of course, is without considering whether or not the traveler knew what was about to happen when the sun made its dazzling appearance. Whatever your interpretation, there's no denying that this film is simply a thing of beauty.

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