Hard To Be a God (Трудно быть богом)

Hard To Be a God (Трудно быть богом / Trudno byt' bogom)

Aleksey German - Russia - 2013 - b&w

Director: Aleksey German

Screenplay: Aleksey German, Svetlana Karmalita | Cinematographer: Vladimir Ilin, Yuriy Klimenko

Editor: Irina Gorokhovskaya | Music: Viktor Lebedev | Cast: Leonid Yarmolnik, Aleksandr Chutko, Yuriy Tsurilo

Producers: Viktor Izvekov, Leonid Yarmolnik | Production: Sever Studio | Running time: 177'


In the future, a number of earthlings go to planet Arkanar to observe its culture, which is in a similar state to what was once the Earth's Middle Ages. However, they are not allowed to teach the locals any progressive concepts that might help them reach their own Renaissance. At best, they can protect a few, specific Arkanarians who may be instrumental in the advancement of their society.


Filming started in 2000 and finished in 2006. Since then, the director worked mostly on the sound. Unfortunately, he died in February 2013 and his son along with Svetlana Karmalita, completed the film.




Selected Filmography:

Khrustalyov, My Car! (Хрусталёв, машину!/ Khrustalyov, mashinu!) (1998)
Trial on the Road (Проверка на дорогах / Proverka na dorogakh) (1986)
My Friend Ivan Lapshin (Мой друг Иван Лапшин / Moy drug Ivan Lapshin) (1985)
Twenty Days Without War (Двадцать дней без войны /Dvadtsat dney bez voyny) (1977)


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