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Institute Benjamenta or This Dream People Call Human Life
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Institute Benjamenta or This Dream People Call Human Life on DVD

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.