Institute Benjamenta: Or This Dream People Call Human Life
A Film by the Quay Brothers
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, presented here 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 arthouse cast, including Tony Award-winner Mark Rylance, Star Trek Borg Queen Alice Krige and Fassbinder regular Gottfried John.