Cathedrals of Culture: The Oslo Opera House

Margreth Olin, Germany, 2014

25 min.Documentary

In 2008, an elegant new neighbor designed by Snøhetta architects settled along Oslo's struggling waterfront in the center of the city. The Oslo Opera House, home to the Norwegian Opera and Ballet, now rises from the fjord, coaxing visitors to its seemingly endless marble roof and to its graceful interior. The building's breathtaking design blurs the spatial divisions between inside and outside offering a unique blend of relaxation, recreation, and high culture. Margreth Olin's "The Oslo Opera House" documents the thousands of feet crossing the snow-white roof each day and the hundreds of professionals below the roof - the performers and the staff - attempting to make sense of life "up above." The building's very design, as Olin reveals in the film, dramatizes the symbiosis of art and life.
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Original title Cathedrals of Culture: The Oslo Opera House
Danish title Kulturkatedraler: Operahuset i Oslo
Keywords Oslo, Urban planning, Urban development, 2000-2009, Norway
Director Margreth Olin
Screenplay Margreth Olin, Bjørn Olaf Johannessen
Producer Maria Ekerhovd
Director of Photography Øystein Mamen
Editor Michal Leszczylowski
Production country Germany, Norway
Dialogue language English
Danish festival release 29.03.2014, DR Byen, Copenhagen Architecture Festival 2014
Danish rating Allowed for all
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Production company Neue Road Movies


Direction Margreth Olin


Script Margreth Olin
Script Bjørn Olaf Johannessen


Producer Maria Ekerhovd


Director of Photography Øystein Mamen
Director of Stereography Joséphine Derobe
Steadicam Torben Meldgaard Andersen


Stills Øystein Mamen


Editing Michal Leszczylowski

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