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The Hourglass Sanitorium

The Hour-Glass Sanatorium
  • 1973
  • Poland
  • 124 min
  • 15
  • Directed by: Wojciech Has
  • Cast: Jan Nowicki, Tadeusz Kondrat, Irena Orska

Winner of the Special Jury Award at Cannes in 1973, Has' seminal work sees young man Jozef (Nowicki) travel on a strange train to visit his ailing father in a sanatorium. Existing in a microcosm of warped time, the sanatorium enables Jozef to slide through portals of fantasy and the unconscious to confront people and experiences from his past.

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Wojciech Has

4 Nov 2009

Don’t miss the final two films in this short season showcasing the films of nutty, surreal Polish filmmaker Has, for these two were his best works. Napoleonic era adventure tale The Saragossa Manuscript is a bizarre, enigmatic tale of derring do whose…

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