Institute Benjamenta Blu-ray


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  • 12
  • Alice Krige,
  • Gottfried John,
  • Mark Rylance
  • The Quay Brothers
  • B
Sound Information:
  • Dolby Digital
Number of Discs:
  • 1
Main Language:
  • English, German
Subtitle Languages:
  • English

Run Time:
  • 104 mins approx.
  • BFI
Theatrical Release Year:
  • 1996


Jakob von Gunten (Mark Rylance) 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’.
‘unmistakable, startling and seductive’ Kim Newman, Empire
‘with the Institute Benjamenta, the brothers’ work pierces through to the nerve in a new way, stirring the depths of sexual curiosity and emotional unease’ The Guardian

Special Features:

  • Dual Format Edition: Includes both the Blu-ray and the DVD of the film and extras
  • Inside the Institute: an in-between world (BFI, 2010, c.30 mins): a brand new documentary about the making of the film, featuring actors Mark Rylance, Alice Krige, as well as the directors, writer, DoP and film editor.
  • Original trailer
  • Eurydice - She, So Beloved (Quay Brothers, 2007, 12 mins): Monteverdi’s opera L’Orfeo
  • The Comb (Quay Brothers, 1990, 17 mins): this short animation explores some of the themes of Institute Benjamenta
  • On-set footage (15 mins, DVD only)
  • Songs for Dead Children (Quay Brothers / Steve Martland, 2003, 23 mins): Steve Martland’s Street Songs as seen by the visionary animators
  • Fully illustrated booklet containing newly commissioned essays, biographies and stills by celebrated photographer Jill Furmanovsky.

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