The rediscovered Judaspengar / The Price of Betrayal (Victor Sjöström, 1915) will be screened at the Pordenone festival. The film has been restored by the CNC in Bois d’Arcy, in collaboration with the Swedish Film Institute.

Rediscovered Sjöström film and Scandinavian focus at Le giornate del cinema muto in Pordenone

The restoration of Victor Sjöström's Judaspengar / The Price of Betrayal (1915) will have its premiere at Le giornate del cinema muto in Pordenone, the world's leading silent film festival which this year takes place on October 6-13.

The film was long considered lost when the CNC in Bois d’Arcy last year unearthed an almost complete nitrate print. The film has now been digitally restored by the CNC, in collaboration with the Swedish Film Institute. Judaspengar will be screened together with Mauritz Stiller’s Balettprimadonnan / Wolo Czawienko (1916) which was restored by the Swedish Film Institute two years ago.

PrästänkanThe Swedish Film Institute’s digital restoration of Prästänkan / The Parson’s Widow (Carl Th. Dreyer, 1920) will be screened at the Pordenone festival.

This year’s edition of the festival also includes a programme on Scandinavian cinema, which has been curated by Magnus Rosborn and the Danish scholar Casper Tybjerg. Among the films screened are Dunungen / In Quest of Happiness (Ivan Hedqvist, 1919) and Prästänkan / The Parson’s Widow (Carl Th. Dreyer, 1920), both digitally restored by the Swedish Film Institute, as well as a 35mm restoration of Ett farligt frieri / A Dangerous Wooing (Rune Carlsten, 1919).

Sjöström’s Körkarlen / The Phantom Carriage (1921) will be screened in the Canon Revisited section of the festival, and the Swedish Film Institute is also providing prints of the Balzac adaptation La Grande Bretèche (Pathé 1909) and of two 1920’s advertising films for Barnängen for the festival (link to the films, see below). 

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