Hard to Be God

Trudno byt bogom

135 - July 4, 2014, 19:00, Congress Hall
5K5 - July 8, 2014, 20:00, Drahomira Cinema

Black & White, DCP
Russia, 2013, 170 min
Section: Horizons

Directed by: Alexey German
Script: Svetlana Karmalita, Alexey German podle románu / based on the novel by Boris and Arkady Strugatsky
Dir. of Photography: Vladimir Ilyin, Yuri Klimenko
Music: V. Lebedev
Designer: Sergey Kokovkin, Georgi Kropachev, E. Zhukova
Editor: Irina Gorokhovskaya, Maria Amosova
Producer: Viktor Izvekov, Rushan Nasibulin
Production: Studio Sever
Coproduction: Russia 1 TV Channel
Sales: Capricci Films
Starring: Leonid Yarmolnik, Aleksandr Chutko, Yuriy Tsurilo, Evgeniy Gerchakov

About the film

A group of scientists is sent to the planet Arkanar to help its people – living in a period equivalent to the Middle Ages – on the right path to future development. Their task isn’t easy: the scientists are not to violently interfere in any conflicts and they must not kill under any circumstances. One member of the team, Rumata, tries to save the local intelligentsia but, in doing so, is unable to avoid taking part in the inevitable hostility. Nor can he avoid a certain question: What would you do if you were God? Alexey German, one of Russia’s greatest  filmmakers, based his last film on the sci-fi novel by the Strugatsky brothers. Having spent the majority of his life fighting to maintain his position in the Soviet film industry, he worked on the movie for thirteen years and, after his death in February 2013, it was completed by his wife and his son Alexey, also a film director. “This is not a film about cruelty, but about love. A love that was there, tangible, alive; a love that resisted through the hardest of conditions,” says Svetlana Karmalita, the director’s wife, who collaborated on the script of this challenging, almost three-hour-long work with a clear, allegorical message.

About the director

Alexey German (1938, Leningrad – 2013, St Petersburg) studied film direction at the Leningrad Institute of Theatre, Music and Cinematography (1960). He gave his debut in 1971 with an adaptation of a story by his father Yuri German entitled Trial on the Road (premiered in 1985). Audiences had the opportunity to see his second effort Twenty Days without War (1976) before his first film went into distribution. He adapted another tale written by his father in 1982, My Friend Ivan Lapshin (premiered in 1985), awarded the Bronze Leopard at the Locarno IFF in 1986. In 1990 German founded and headed SPIEF (Studio of First and Experimental Film). He spent the years 1991–98 putting together his film about the celebrated surgeon general, Khrustalyov, My Car! Few Russian filmmakers have had to struggle so relentlessly with Soviet censorship and production setbacks. He has also appeared in a number of films as an actor.

Alexandr Bykov

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