The Castle (1997 Austrian film)

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Das Schloß
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Directed by Michael Haneke
Produced by Veit Heiduschka
Christina Undritz
Written by Michael Haneke
Franz Kafka (novel)
Based on Das Schloss by Franz Kafka
Starring Ulrich Mühe
Susanne Lothar
Cinematography Jirí Stibr
Edited by Andreas Prochaska
Release date
February 1997 (Berlin International Film Festival)
October 1998 (USA)
Running time
123 minutes
Country Germany/Austria
Language German

The Castle (German: Das Schloß) is a 1997 film by Austrian director Michael Haneke. It is an adaptation of Franz Kafka's absurdist novel released theatrically in Germany, The Czech Republic, Japan, Canada, and the USA and on television in Austria.


When land surveyor K. (Ulrich Mühe) arrives at a small village that houses a castle, local authorities refuse to allow him to enter. As he tries to convince the officials that they sent for him, they clamp down with increasingly complicated bureaucratic obstacles.