Hard to be a God (Trudno byt’ bogom)

Feature Film | RU 2013 | 170' | Subtitled English

This is indeed no place where anyone would want to be a god. On a distant planet, humanity has discovered a civilization that is stuck in a period much like the Middle Ages. There are certainly no signs of an impending Renaissance or Enlightenment. On the contrary: intellectuals, artists, and writers are ridiculed, humiliated, persecuted. In this world that appears to be largely made up of mud and clay, the visiting scholars from Earth live as superior, albeit powerless gods, since their research mandate prohibits any intervention on their part. Legendary Russian director Aleksei German (MY FRIEND IVAN LAPSHIN) put in ten years of work on this adaptation of a novel by Arkadiy and Boris Strugatskiy, whose books have previously been turned into films by Andrei Tarkovskiy and Alexandr Sokurov. German died last year, and his son and wife finished HARD TO BE A GOD. The film is a visually stunning black-and-white epic running three hours long – a unique cinematic experience blending the diverse imagery and imaginations of Pieter Breughel, Hieronymus Bosch, Monty Python, and Bela Tarr.

Director
Aleksei German
Script
Aleksei German (Adaptation), Svetlana Karmalita (Adaptation)
Producers
Marina Dovladbegyan, Viktor Izvekov, Rushan Nasibulin
Photography
Vladimir Ilin, Yuri Klimenko
Editor
Irina Gorokhovskaya, Maria Amosova
Sound
N. Astakhov
Music
V. Lebedev
Costume
Yekaterina Shapkaitz
Production Design
Sergei Kokovkin, Georgi Kropachyov
Special Effects
Josef Rarach, Vlad Taupesh
Principal Cast
Leonid Yarmolnik, Aleksandr Chutko, Yuriy Tsurilo, Evgeniy Gerchakov, Natalia Moteva, Dmitriy Vladimirov

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Selected filmography Aleksei German

TRIAL ON THE ROAD (1971), MY FRIEND IVAN LAPSHIN (1984), KHRUSTALYOV, MY CAR! (1998)