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Institute Benjamenta or This Dream People Call Human Life

Institute Benjamenta or This Dream People Call Human Life

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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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    Title: Institute Benjamenta or This Dream People Call Human Life
    Genre: Science Fiction
    Starring: Joseph Alessi, Mark Rylance, Gottfried John, Daniel Smith, Alice Krige
    Directors: Timothy Quay, Stephen Quay
    Attributes: Black & White, Digipack Packaging, Subtitled, Widescreen
    Release Date: 7/24/2012
    Original Year: 1995
    Product Type: DVD
    Rated: NR
    Catalog #: 1142
    UPC: 795975114233
    Item #: 275483X

    Technical Information

    Street Date: 7/24/2012
    Original Language: ENG
    Closed Caption: Yes
    Run Time: 104 minutes
    Studio: Zeitgeist Films