Institute Benjamenta...(12A)

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Institute Benjamenta...(12A)

UK/1996/101mins/12 Dir: Quay Brothers With: Mark Rylance, Alice Krige

Jakob von Gunten is admitted to The Institute Benjamenta, a peculiar and isolated school for servants. Whilst learning the submissive art of servitude, Jakob gradually uncovers the Institute’s secrets. Adapted from a novel by remarkable Swiss writer Robert Walser, Institute Benjamenta is the striking live-action feature debut off the acclaimed animators, the Quay Brothers. Their distinctive style, enriched by Nic Knowland’s beautifully controlled photography and Larry Sider’s exquisite soundscapes, breathes life into every aspect of this dream-like anti-fairytale.

 

"A film of layered moods and textures rather than broad narrative sweeps...the twins Timothy and Stephen Quay smoothed their transition from animated shorts to full-blown live-action feature by presenting a mannered, monochrome vision of a hermetic, theatricalised world. The strange postures and events staged here follow the logic of dreams, fixating fetishistically upon objects as much as characters, and reducing the viewer to a near hypnotic state."
Eye for Film

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