This September, the National Museum of Singapore presents Sanatorium pod klepsydrą / The Hourglass Sanatorium, aprogramme of the World Cinema Series.
This 1973 Polish masterpiece bends the viewer’s perception of time, weaving it into concentric circles by way of intertwining it with a collective memory of historical events and tragedies. Based on Sanatorium Under the Sign of the Hourglass, a collection of short stories by the Polish author Bruno Schulz, the film follows Josef, a young man who takes a dream-like trip on a dilapidated train to visit his dying father in a sanatorium. His memories and experiences are triggered by the people he meets at the facility, with every interaction fuelling his non-linear trip through time. The film, which was awarded the Special Jury Award at Cannes in 1973, also contains elements depicting life in Poland during that tumultuous period.
Sanatorium pod klepsydrą / The Hourglass Sanatorium (1973)
Date: Tue, 11 September 2012
Admission: S$9 (including booking fee)
Language: Polish with English subtitles
Length: 120 mins
Ticketing Outlets: National Museum of Singapore’s Visitor Services Centre or through SISTIC
Venue: Gallery Theatre, Basement, National Museum of Singapore, 93 Stamford Road, Singapore 178897
MRT Station: City Hall, Dhoby Ghaut or Bras Basah