Archive of films Cathedrals / Kathedralen

2013, 15 min

Section: Documentary Films - Competition
Year: 2013

More than two million inhabitants could live in the recently built Chinese city of Kangbashi. The majority of the buildings, however, remain empty because money-mad speculators have bought up all the apartments. Breathtaking images reveal the inanimate chill of a city that has lost the fight against humanity’s insane lust for wealth.


More than two million people could live in the newly-built Chinese city of Kangbashi but so far only a few thousand have moved in. Profit-hungry speculators have bought up all the apartments, thus creating a ghost town of deserted streets lined with austerely rigid buildings. The movie takes a surrealistic story by Michael Ende, transforming it via powerful visuals into a chilling parable about the absurdity of the modern world, where people worship Mammon above all else. Indeed, as long as everyone believes that property values will keep rising, nothing about Kangbashi’s sad fate will ever change.

About the director

Konrad Kästner (b. 1984, Leipzig) worked in South Africa in 2003-08 as an assistant director and director of photography on a variety of small film projects; he also shot his first short documentaries there. In the meantime he decided to study film direction at Hochschule für Film und Fernsehen (HFF) in Potsdam, where his first documentary, ETWAS ich (2007), was picked up by a number of festivals. He shot Giftchen, his first feature-length documentary, in 2011. In addition to his film career he also devotes time to visual theatrical arts.


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About the film

Color, DCP
World premiere

Section: Documentary Films - Competition
Director: Konrad Kästner
Screenplay: Konrad Kästner
Dir. of Photography: Eva Katharina Bühler
Music: Hildur Guðnadóttir
Editor: Konrad Kästner
Producer: Fabian Gasmia, Henning Kamm
Production: DETAiLFILM Gasmia & Kamm GbR
Contact: DETAiLFILM Gasmia & Kamm GbR


Fabian Gasmia


Konrad Kästner

Film Director, Film Director


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