Hanussen (1988 film)

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Directed by István Szabó
Produced by Artur Brauner
Judit Sugár
Written by Péter Dobai
István Szabó
Starring Klaus Maria Brandauer
Music by György Vukán
Cinematography Lajos Koltai
Edited by Zsuzsa Csákány
Brigitta Kajdácsi
Bettina Rekuc
Éva Szentandrási
Release dates
6 October 1988
Running time
140 minutes
Country Hungary
Language Hungarian

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. The German language film starred Klaus Maria Brandauer. The film was entered into the 1988 Cannes Film Festival.[1]


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 Bettleheim (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


  1. ^ "Festival de Cannes: Hanussen". festival-cannes.com. Retrieved 2009-07-26. 

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