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The Cathedral - Tomasz Bagiński

Still from Tomasz Bagiński's Katedra / Cathedral, photo: Platige Image
Still from Tomasz Bagiński's Katedra / Cathedral, photo: Platige Image

On a distant planet, a lone wanderer approaches the doors of a mysterious building which resembles a medieval cathedral. Lighting his way with a scant torch flame, he enters and walks along gigantic columns which seem alive. Upon reaching the nave, he stops above a precipice, and exactly then the sun rises, its light changing the pilgrim into another live column of this amazing temple

The film was inspired by a short story by Jacek Dukaj, a writer whose genres include science fiction and fantasy. Other influences include paintings by Zdzisław Beksiński and Rembrandt, Gothic architecture and buildings by Antonio Gaudi.

Katedra / The Cathedral was the first Polish film to have been nominated for an Academy Award since Zbigniew Rybczyński's Tango. Although it did not win an Oscar, it certainly made it to the history of Polish animation.

The film is available at

  • Katedra /The Cathedral. Director and artwork: Tomasz Bagiński. Written by Tomasz Bagiński, Jacek Dukaj. Score by Adam Rosiak. Sound manager: Bartłomiej Woźniak. Produced by Jarek Sawko, Piotr Sikora. Voices: Jola Rzebuska, Maria Kucharska, Marcin Jaskowski, Piotr Widlarz. Produced by Platige Image, 2002, colour, 7 min.


  • Academy Award nomination in the short animated film category
  • Best Animated Short at the Computer Animation Festival in San Antonio - Siggraph 2002
  • Main Prize at Animago 2002
  • Best Short Digital at Bradford Film Festival, 2002
  • Best of the Show at Festival Artfutura in Barcelona, 2002
  • Srebrny Lajkonik at the Cracow Film Festival, 2003.

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