The Hourglass Sanatorium

Sponsored by Helen and Milton Covensky Fund

Dir. Wojciech Jerzy Has
(125 min, Poland, 1973)
Hebrew Polish Latin with English subtitles

A special presentation of Polish director Wojciech Jerzy Has’ restored art-house masterpiece, based on the writings of Polish author Bruno Schulz, and winner of the Jury Prize at Cannes.

A young man (Nowicki) visits his ailing father in a crumbling sanatorium where time collapses and death never comes. The Hourglass Sanatorium conjures a surrealist fantasia in which past and present—from the Three Wise Men to the Holocaust—collide in a mind-bending phantasmagoria.

Contains graphic content.

Screening followed by a 30 minute talk by Columbia professor Annette Insdorf, and a signing of her new book, Intimations: The Cinema of Wojciech Has.

Co-presented by Awesome Con The Kosciuszko Foundation


Sunday, May 21, 2:15 pm
AFI Silver Theatre
8633 Colesville Road
Silver Spring, MD


Followed by a Q&A with Columbia University’s School of the Arts professor, Annette Insdorf.

Annette Insdorf is a ​professor in the Film Program of Columbia University’s School of the Arts. She is the author of Double Lives, Second Chances: The Cinema of Krzysztof Kieslowski; Francois Truffaut, a study of the French director’s work; Philip Kaufman; and the landmark study, Indelible Shadows: Film and the Holocaust (with a foreword by Elie Wiesel). Her commentaries can be heard on many DVDs, and she has interviewed over 200​ film celebrities in her popular “Reel Pieces” series at Manhattan’s 92nd Street Y. She has been a juror at film festivals including Berlin, Galway, Locarno, and Jerusalem, and is the panel moderator at the annual Telluride Film Festival.


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This event finished on May 22, 2017.