A film by the Quay Brothers
Restored and remastered!
“The most visually beautiful and hauntingly humorous film I have
seen in the last 300 years.” —Terry Gilliam
The Quay Brothers are among the most acclaimed and beloved animator-filmmakers in the world, influencing visionary directors like Tim Burton, Terry Gilliam, David Lynch, Julie Taymor and Tarsem.
Their first feature, Institute Benjamenta, now restored and remastered on DVD in a gorgeous new director-approved transfer, is an exquisitely realized anti-fairytale as unique and astonishing as their celebrated animations. Jakob (Mark Rylance) enrolls at the titular Institute—a dilapidated, moribund boarding school for the training of servants—and becomes embroiled in the strangely hypnotic world of the enigmatic siblings at its helm.
Inspired by the writings of Swiss author Robert Walser, Institute Benjamenta also boasts a stellar art-house cast, including Tony® Award-winner Mark Rylance (The Other Boleyn Girl, Intimacy, Angels and Insects); Star Trek Borg Queen, Alice Krige (Star Trek: First Contact, Deadwood, The Sorcerer’s Apprentice) and Fassbinder regular Gottfried John (GoldenEye, Proof of Life,
The Marriage of Maria Braun).
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See also PHANTOM MUSEUMS: THE SHORT FILMS OF THE QUAY BROTHERS and THE PIANO TUNER OF EARTHQUAKES