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Institute Benjamenta or This Dream People Call Human Life

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Format
DVD
Number of Discs
1
Release Date
07/24/2012
Studio
Zeitgeist Films
Length
104
Rating
NR

Presented in a gorgeous new director-approved transfer, the Quay Brothers' Institute Benjamenta combines the fantastic and the mystical in a shadowy reverie as uniquely astonishing as any of their celebrated animations. The titular institute is a dilapidated, moribund boarding school for the training of servants, whose curriculum consists of the endless repetition of a single lesson. Jakob (Tony Award-winner Mark Rylance) enrolls at the Institute, and becomes gradually embroiled in the world of the enigmatic siblings who run the school: The sadistic Johannes Benjamenta (Fassbinder regular Gottfried John) and his sorrowful sister Lisa (Star Trek's Borg Queen, Alice Krige). Inspired by the writings of Swiss author Robert Walser, the Quays' first feature film is a striking, exquisitely realized anti-fairytale that illuminates a fragile world shimmering with strange beauty and hypnotic power.

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Director: Stephen Quay
Director: Timothy Quay
Producer: Janine Marmot
Producer: Keith Griffiths
Actor: Joseph Alessi
Actor: Mark Rylance
Actor: Gottfried John
Actor: Daniel Smith
Actor: Alice Krige
Actor: Cesar Sarachu
Actor: Jonathan Stone
Actor: Peter Lovstrom
Actor: Peter Whifield
Actor: Uri Roodner

Main Format
DVD
DVD Features
BLACK & WHITE, DIGIPACK PACKAGING, SUBTITLED, WIDESCREEN
Language(s)
ENG
Keyword Index
Institute Benjamenta or This Dream People Call Human Life | Joseph Alessi