The Hour-Glass Sanatorium

Sanatorium pod klepsydrą, 1973, 119 min.

The Hour-Glass Sanatorium (1973)

Awards

1973
Jury Prize at the Cannes Festival

1974
Golden Asteroid at the Trieste International Science Fiction Film Festival

1974
Gdansk Polish Film Festival – Best Art Director Award for Jerzy Skarzynski & Andrzej Plocki

Production

Director Wojciech Jerzy Has
Screenplay Wojciech Jerzy Has
(based on Bruno Schulz stories)
Cinematography Witold Sobocinski
Music Jerzy Maksymiuk
Art Direction Jerzy Skarzynski, Andrzej Plocki
Producer(s) Urszula Orczykowska

Cast

Jozef Jan Nowicki
Jakub, Jozef’s Father Tadeusz Kondrat
Josef’s Mother Irena Orska
Adela Halina Kowalska
Dr. Gotard Gustaw Holoubek
Blind Conductor Mieczyslaw Voit

Story

Set in pre- World War II era. A young man is on a strange train to see his dying father in a sanatorium. But the place is going to ruin and recalls a lot of memories from the past. He is beset by soldiers from the past, colonial black mercenaries, girls from his early life, and his parents. It is an interior adventure, with unusual atmospheric flair and extraordinary sets.