Hermitage – The Power of Art

Italy | 2019 | 90 mins

  • Director: Michele Mally
  • Writers: Didi Gnocchi, Giovanni Piscaglia
  • Cast: Toni Servillo
  • Mostly English subtitles

Trailer

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Sumptuously photographed

The film treats The Hermitage as a living being. It tells the story of the daily life of the museum today continuously leaving the ‘here and now’ to retrace two and a half centuries.

A wonderful complex of buildings with the largest collection of paintings in the world, St. Petersburg and the Hermitage were a meeting point for foreign artists, architects and intellectuals creating connections through art and culture.

The history of the museum is marked by the acquisitions of the enlightened Empress Catherine II, whose personality has continued to fascinate art historians and critics over the centuries.

Toni Servillo (The Great Beauty’s protagonist, 3 times EFA Award winner, 4 times David di Donatello Award winner) leads us on this journey through cultural bridges between places and distant civilizations. Bridges form a symbolic visual element, that will be repeated in the narrative.

The film is all about art, power and politics , the Russian soul and preservation of Russian art and a wonderful chance for those of us who are unable to get to Russia to learn of the Hermitage’s history and see glittering excerpts from its collection .
Lynne Lancaster, SydneyArtsGuide