The Hour-Glass Sanatorium

Sanatorium pod klepsydrą, 1973, 119 min.

The Hour-Glass Sanatorium (1973)


Jury Prize at the Cannes Festival

Golden Asteroid at the Trieste International Science Fiction Film Festival

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


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


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


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.