Institute Benjamenta (Blu-Ray and DVD) (1995)

Release Date: 17 May 2010 | Certificate: Parental Guidance
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A film by the Quay Brothers. Jakob (Mark Rylance) wants to be of service. Admitted to a peculiar school for servants run by domineering Johannes (Gottfried John) and his sorrowful sister Lisa (Alice Krige), Jakob gradually uncovers the mystical Institute's secrets and, by extension, those of life itself. Presented in a new, director approved transfer, this striking live-action feature is an exquisitely realised anti-fairy tale, a fragile world shimmering with luminous energy and hypnotic beauty.


  • 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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Region B
Sound: Dolby Digital
Production Year: 1995
Main Language: English\German
Subtitles: English
Release Date: 17 May 2010
Certificate: PG - Parental Guidance