NOTRE-DAME DE PARIS: THE SECRET OF THE BUILDERS

France (2019), 90 min.

Directed by Emmanuel Blanchard

Instituto Francais

On 15 April 2019, the eyes of the world were turned on the cathedral of Notre-Dame de Paris, engulfed in flames. All humanity feared this masterpiece of Gothic architecture would be lost forever – the most famous of cathedrals, the embodiment of the genius of medieval craftsmanship. But Notre-Dame stood firm. Already, architects, engineers, and artisans are planning how to rebuild what was destroyed.

Through a major historical and scientific investigation into the construction of Notre-Dame, we will stand alongside the builders of yesterday and today to understand the vast architectural, technical, human, financial and political challenges which played out during its turbulent history.