World premiere in Berlin

The two-piece historical epic "Ivan the Terrible" by Sergei Eisenstein experienced a brilliant world premiere at the Konzerthaus Berlin on the 16th September 2016. On screen was the story of a Russian tsar, who, after the successful attempts to unite his empire, turned more and more into a cruel despot. For the first time the thoroughly reconstructed original film music by Sergei Prokofiev was heard. The Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra and the Rundfunkchor Berlin added sound to the opera-monumental oeuvre under the musical direction of the renowned film music expert Frank Strobel.

The BIG cinema team around Johannes Bernstein had the honor to realize this extraordinary film music project in collaboration with the European Film Philharmonic Institute. In addition to the digital projection technology and the indoor projection system, also the audio equipment and the lighting for the musicians were amongst our responsibilities. The live performance has also been recorded by ARTE – a special challenge that BIG cinema has mastered smoothly.

Credits: European Filmphilharmonic Institute