The Hourglass Sanatorium
Wojciech Jerzy Has
The Hourglass Sanatorium is a 1973 Polish film directed by Wojciech Jerzy Has, starring Jan Nowicki, Tadeusz Kondrat, Mieczysław Voit, Halina Kowalska and Gustaw Holoubek. It is also known as The Sandglass in English speaking countries. The story follows a young Jewish man who visits his father in a mystical sanatorium where time does not behave normally. The film is an adaptation of Bruno Schulz’s story collection Sanatorium Under the Sign of the Hourglass. It won the Jury Prize at the 1973 Cannes Film Festival.
Trying to describe the surreal mystique of “The Hour-Glass Sanatorium” is futile. This elusive Polish film is so visual — and so resistant to a snappy plot summary — that there’s not much to say beyond “Just see it!” – Eric Broome
“…a bewilderment of dreams, a labyrinth of decay…” Rita Kempley, Washington Post
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