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Brothers Quay Night*footnotes
Institute Benjamenta or This Dream People Call Human Life Brothers Quay

Jakob enters the Benjamenta siblings’ servants’ school. The protagonist of Robert Walser’s novel “Jakob von Gunten” becomes an observer of a place that lies still and dreams.

Institute Benjamenta or This Dream People Call Human Life

Feature Film
Germany,
Japan,
UK
1995
105 minutes
subtitles: 
German
Credits DOK Leipzig Logo
Atelier Koninck QbfZ, Image Forum, Pandora Filmproduktion
Brothers Quay
Leszek Jankowski
Nic Knowland
Larry Syder
Brothers Quay
Alan Passes, Brothers Quay
Mark Rylance, Alice Krige, Gottfried John, Daniel Smith
Jakob enters the Benjamenta siblings’ servants’ school. The protagonist of Robert Walser’s novel “Jakob von Gunten”, which was published in 1909, becomes an observer of a place that lies still and dreams. The pupils still take mysterious exercises, for example the canon of the singing forks. But the soul of the institute glows in hidden chambers. The Brothers Quay’s first feature film features a brilliant cast, but breathes the spirit of animation. Just as Walser’s language personifies matter and states of being and objectifies persons, objects, light and the forest take over that role in the film.

André Eckardt

The annotations to the films in the Official Selection were written by the members of the selection committee and guest authors. All quotes from DOK Leipzig catalogue articles must be identified as such and cite the author’s name. Some original titles and names have been transcribed resp. transliterated. We apologise that we cannot cite individual image sources and rights in our festival publications or festival coverage. Please note that the visual material is published exclusively for the purposes of promoting specific films or festival programmes. No transmission to third parties is provided and would only take place with the explicit agreement of the owners of the rights. The rights to the images lie with the respective copyright owners.

Brothers Quay Night*footnotes
Wonderwood for Comme des Garçons Brothers Quay

Forest fruits burst. Fir cones shed their leaves. Light dramatises resinous surfaces. Wooden panels absorb the intoxicating atmosphere. Macro shots appeal to their sense of smell.

Wonderwood for Comme des Garçons

Animated Film
UK
2010
3 minutes
subtitles: 
_without dialogue / subtitles
Credits DOK Leipzig Logo
Brothers Quay
Timothy Nelson
Brothers Quay
Brothers Quay
Brothers Quay
Brothers Quay
With this advertising film, the Brothers Quay created a synaesthetic poem for a perfume of the fashion label Comme des Garçons. Forest fruits burst. Fir cones shed their leaves. Light dramatises resinous surfaces. Wooden panels absorb the intoxicating atmosphere. Macro shots bring the gaze of a fascinated viewer very close and appeal to their sense of smell.

André Eckardt

The annotations to the films in the Official Selection were written by the members of the selection committee and guest authors. All quotes from DOK Leipzig catalogue articles must be identified as such and cite the author’s name. Some original titles and names have been transcribed resp. transliterated. We apologise that we cannot cite individual image sources and rights in our festival publications or festival coverage. Please note that the visual material is published exclusively for the purposes of promoting specific films or festival programmes. No transmission to third parties is provided and would only take place with the explicit agreement of the owners of the rights. The rights to the images lie with the respective copyright owners.