The Tribulations of Balthazar Kober

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The Tribulations of Balthazar Kober
The Tribulations of Balthazar Kober.jpg
Directed by Wojciech Jerzy Has
Screenplay by Wojciech Jerzy Has
Based on The Tribulations of Balthazar Kober
by Frederick Tristan
Starring Rafal Wieczynski
Michael Lonsdale
Adrianna Biedrzynska
Gabriela Kownacka
Emmanuelle Riva
Music by Zdzislaw Szostak
Cinematography Grzegorz Kedzierski
Edited by Wanda Zeman
Distributed by PP Film Polski
Release date
  • 26 December 1988 (1988-12-26)
Running time
115 minutes
Country Poland
Language Polish

The Tribulations of Balthazar Kober (Polish: Niezwykla podróz Baltazara Kobera) is a 1988 Polish film directed by Wojciech Jerzy Has, starring Rafal Wieczynski, Michael Lonsdale, Adrianna Biedrzynska, Gabriela Kownacka, Emmanuelle Riva. The film is an adaptation of a novel by Frédérick Tristan that follows a young man as he travels across plague-stricken Germany of the 16th Century.


Young alchemy student Balthazar (Rafal Wieczynski) and his master (Michael Lonsdale) are forced to flee their home by the inquisition. The set off on a journey across a plague-stricken Germany, encountering various people including corrupt priests and Kabbalists, not to mention ghosts and even an angel, before ending up in Venice where he falls in love with a young actress.[1]

The film is the Has's final film, and marks a return to the picaresque, extravagant style of The Saragossa Manuscript and The Hourglass Sanatorium to which it can be seen as a part of a trilogy.[2][3]



Released on December 26, 1988, the film was entered into the 1988 Polish Film Festival, where Janusz Rosól won the award for Best Sound. It was also nominated for the Golden Lion at the Venice Film Festival the same year, but did not win.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Tribulations of Balthazar Kober - Journey to the land of the dead
  2. ^ The Tribulations of Balthazar Kober
  3. ^ Richardson, Michael Surrealism and Cinema, p.169, 2006, Berg

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