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The Castle (1997)

Das Schloß (original title)
When a land surveyor arrives at a small snowy village, local authorities refuse to allow him to advance to the nearby castle. Increasingly complicated bureaucratic obstacles arise.

Director:

Michael Haneke

Writers:

Franz Kafka (novel), Michael Haneke (adaptation)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Ulrich Mühe ... K.
Susanne Lothar ... Frieda
Frank Giering ... Artur
Felix Eitner Felix Eitner ... Jeremias
Nikolaus Paryla Nikolaus Paryla ... Vorsteher
André Eisermann ... Barnabas
Dörte Lyssewski Dörte Lyssewski ... Olga
Inga Busch Inga Busch ... Amalia
Norbert Schwientek Norbert Schwientek ... Bürgel
Hans Diehl Hans Diehl ... Erlanger
Birgit Linauer Birgit Linauer ... Pepi
Branko Samarovski Branko Samarovski ... Herrenhofwirt
Ortrud Beginnen Ortrud Beginnen ... Brückenwirtin
Otto Grünmandl Otto Grünmandl ... Brückenwirt
Johannes Silberschneider ... Lehrer
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When a land surveyor arrives at a small snowy village, local authorities refuse to allow him to advance to the nearby castle. Increasingly complicated bureaucratic obstacles arise.

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Drama | Mystery

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Country:

Germany | Austria

Language:

German

Release Date:

October 1998 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

O Castelo See more »

Filming Locations:

Steiermark, Austria

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

The same year, Michael Haneke released Funny Games (1997) with the same lead actors than this film. See more »

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Version of Linna (1986) See more »

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Brilliant...
11 March 2004 | by merva_somerSee all my reviews

A land surveyor,K.,is invited to the Castle to do some work for the Count,but when he arrives at the Village,he finds that nobody is expecting him.K.'s attempts to get into the Castle are as unsuccessful as his attempt to settle into the local village.He is greeted by a compact reluctance from the villagers,who with a systematic inefficiency prevent him from any prospects of even approaching the castle.The harder the stubborn K.,tries,the farther he moves from his goals.The impenetrable,seemingly haphazard but strangulating bureaucracy of the castle hinders the clarification of his social and existential situation.K. remains what he was on the day of his arrival:a stranger who is barely tolerated...Haneke's film version of Kafka's famous unfinished novel is an unusually faithful and highly successful literary adaptation.Kafka is,with his absurd,pessimistic yet still very realistic idea of the world,a sort of soulmate of Haneke's.


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