** POSTPONED** INSTITUTE BENJAMENTA (OR THIS DREAM PEOPLE CALL HUMAN LIFE), (BROTHER QUAY, 1995) / 8.15pm / click on the image to book.
Jakob (Mark Rylance) wants to be of service. Admitted to a peculiar and decrepit school for servants run by domineering Johannes (Gottfried John) and his sorrowful sister Lisa (Alice Krige), Jakob is shown around by a chimpanzee and forced to undergo a humiliating physical in which he is yanked by the ears, his teeth and gums are inspected with brutally probing fingers, and his head is measured. He gradually uncovers the mystical Institute’s secrets and, by extension, those of life itself. This striking live-action feature from the master animators is a beautifully-realised anti-fairy tale. The Quays’ visionary style breathes life into every corner of this fragile world, which shimmers with luminous energy and hypnotic beauty.