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Lost Victor Sjöström film found

A thought-to-be-lost Victor Sjöström film has been found in a small French town.

The film, The Price of Betrayal, was released by the legendary Swedish director in 1915. Egil Eide and John Ekman play the main characters in this drama where poverty and hardship leads an unemployed man to give up his friend, wrongly accused of murder.

With this discovery, sixteen of Sjöström’s forty-two Swedish silent films are preserved.

The Price of Betrayal was discovered by the Film Heritage Direction of the CNC in Bois d’Arcy, Frnce. The print has been identified as a Swiss distribution print due to its French and German intertitles. The unearthed print is almost complete and is 755 meters, compared to the film’s original length of 799 meters.

CNC and the Swedish Film Institute will collaborate on the restoration of the film in 2018 and viewing copies also will be made.

Emma Vestrheim

Emma Vestrheim is the editor-in-chief of Cinema Scandinavia. Originally from Australia, she is now based in Bergen, Norway, and attends major Nordic film festivals to conduct interviews and review new films.