Institute Benjamenta

Institute Benjamenta


The Quays have frequently turned to Robert Walser (1878-1956) for inspiration. Walser was a Swiss writer and essayist, considered one of the most important literary modernists. In a series of mostly short pieces written in the first three decades of the twentieth century, he brilliantly evokes the essential randomness of human existence through unexpected shifts in tone and perspective. Institute Benjamenta is an adaptation of his 1909 novel Jakob von Gunten.

Special Features

- Inside The Institute: An In-Between World (2010, 31 mins): making of documentary with the Quay Brothers, Mark Rylance and Alice Krige
- On The Set Of Institute Benjamenta (2000, 16 mins)
- Eurydice, She So Beloved (2007, 11 mins)
- Songs for Dead Children (2003, 24 mins)
- The Comb (1990, 18 mins)

Technical Specs

Director: Stephen Quay | Timothy Quay
Year: 1995
Country: UK | Japan | Germany
Language: English
Duration: 104 min
Colour: B/W
Certificate: 12