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Two Basilicas

GER 2019, 93 min

The Grundtvigs Church (1913-1940) in Copenhagen, designed by Peder Vilhelm Jensen-Klint and built by six master bricklayer and their assistants in the period of 27 years, and the Cattedrale di Santa Maria Assunta (1290-1591) in Orvieto, planned and executed by many master masons and craftsmen in the period of 300 years.       


A confrontation and comparison of two church buildings, which could hardly be more different, but also a dialogue between various concepts of church and community: the Protestant Grundtvig’s Church in Copenhagen and the Catholic Cathedral in Orvieto. The cathedral in the central square in the middle of the city of Orvieto, with its visual histories in the interior and on the facade, and the imposing brick building of the church on the edges of Copenhagen, which forms the center of a housing complex of like-minded persons. Both radiate into their surroundings, the cathedral from great heights into the mountains around, the church itself like a rock in the flat land. The cathedral as a community achievement of great craftsmanship and the church like a strictly constructed dogma. Horizontal meets vertical, north meets south, mysticism meets joie de vivre, Protestantism meets Catholicism, clarity meets complexity, however they are distributed when it is a matter of the ideology of holy sites and the reflection and contemplation made possible inside them: the beauty of craftsmanship and political intentions.



kein Dialog, internationale Fassung


Heinz Emigholz
Idea and Conzept
Heinz Emigholz, Thomas Bo Jensen
Director of Photography and Editor
Heinz Emigholz, Till Beckmann
Sound and Postproduction
Till Beckmann
Sound Design and Sound Mixer
Jochen Jezussek, Christian Obermaier
Thomas Bo Jensen, Heinz Emigholz
Produced by
Heinz Emigholz Filmproduktion
Founded by
Danish Arts Foundation, Beckett-Fonden, Dreyers Fond and Aarhus School of Architecture

Distribution Details

Screening format
DCP (2K, 2D, 25 f/sec, unlocked), Blu-ray Disc

Aspect Ratio
1:1, 78 (16:9)

Dolby Digital 5.1

Shooting format

Color / B/W

No dialogue

Promotion Material

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