DVD Fragment of an Empire wins Peter von Bagh Award

DVD Fragment of an Empire, with Daan van den Hurk’s reconstruction of Vladimir Deshevov’s original score for the film, wins Peter von Bagh Award at Il Cinema Ritrovato 2020.

The film is an exceptional presentation of a silent film, a fruitful collaboration between Eye Filmmuseum, Gosfilmofond of Russia, The San Francisco Silent Film Festival, and Flicker Alley. Fridrikh Ermler’s fascinating film, his last silent feature and his fourth with the actor Fidor Nikitin, benefits here from a revelatory restoration and is accompanied by texts and commentary that further illuminate its history. We applaud also the newly composed score by Stephen Horne and Frank Bockius, and the recreation of Vladimir Deshevov’s original piano music from 1929, as performed by Daan van den Hurk.