Hanussen (1988 film)

Hanussen is a 1988 Hungarian film about Erik Jan Hanussen by István Szabó. It was nominated for the 1988 Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film.[1] The German language film starred Klaus Maria Brandauer. The film was entered into the 1988 Cannes Film Festival.[2]

Film poster
Directed byIstván Szabó
Written byPéter Dobai
István Szabó
Produced byArtur Brauner
Judit Sugár
CinematographyLajos Koltai
Edited byZsuzsa Csákány
Brigitta Kajdácsi
Bettina Rekuc
Éva Szentandrási
Music byGyörgy Vukán
Release date
  • 6 October 1988 (1988-10-06)
Running time
140 minutes
CountriesHungary, West Germany, Austria
LanguagesHungarian, German
Box office$82,635


Austrian Klaus Schneider, who later comes to be known as Erik Jan Hanussen is wounded during World War I. While recovering in the care of Dr. Emil Bettelheim (Erland Josephson), the Doctor discovers that Schneider possesses empathic powers. After the war, with one friend as his manager and another as his lover, Schneider changes his name and goes to Berlin to perform in halls and theaters as a hypnotist and mind reader. His purported powers bring him to the attention of the Nazis which cause his fame and power – as well as his own troubles – to grow.



Year Award Event Recipient Category Result
1988 Golden Palm Cannes Film Festival István Szabó Nominated

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  1. ^ "The 61st Academy Awards (1989) Nominees and Winners". oscars.org. Retrieved 20 August 2015.
  2. ^ "Festival de Cannes: Hanussen". festival-cannes.com. Retrieved 2009-07-26.

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