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The Hour-Glass Sanatorium

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Original title
Sanatorium pod klepsydra (The Hour-Glass Sanatorium)
Running time
124 min.
Poland Poland
Wojciech Has (Book: Bruno Schulz)
Jerzy Maksymiuk
Witold Sobocinski
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Zespól Filmowy
Drama. Fantasy. Horror
Synopsis / Plot
The film presents a poetic, visually refined "journey through the convolutions of time" as experienced by the protagonist, Joseph (Jan Nowicki). The young Joseph finds himself travelling through a dream-like world, taking a dilapidated train to visit his dying father in a sanatorium. When he arrives at the hospital, he finds the entire facility is going to ruin and no one seems to be in charge, or even caring for the patients. Time appears to behave in unpredictable ways, reanimating the past in an elaborated artificial caprice.
1973: Cannes Film Festival: Jury Prize
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