A group of scientists is sent to the planet Arkanar to help the local civilization, which is in the Medieval phase of its own history, to find the right path to progress. Their task is a difficult one: they cannot interfere violently and in no case can they kill. The scientist Rumata tries to save the local intellectuals from their punishment and cannot avoid taking a position. As if the question were: what would you do in God’s place?
- Leonid Yarmolnik
- Yuriy Tsurilo
- Natalia Moteva
- Dmitriy Vladimirov
- Laura Lauri
- Aleksandr Ilin
- Evegenyi Gerchakov
- Aleksej Jurevič German
- Svetlana Karmalita
- Vladimir Ilyin
- Uriy Klimenko
- Irina Gorokhovskaya
- Marija Amosova
- Victor Lebedev
Aleksei wanted to make this film his entire life. The road was a long one. This is not a film about cruelty, but about love. A love that was there, tangible, alive, and that resisted through the hardest of conditions.
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This is visionary cinema of truly loopy, uncompromised grandeur
Alongside the scale of German's ambition and the casual, old-school mastery of his execution, every other new feature in the Rotterdam program looks like pretty small beer.
Hard to Be a God is a monstrous and strikingly Russian Orthodox huis clos
... fine theatrical choreography and mesmerizing imagery
Veteran actor Yarmolnik gives the performance of a lifetime as the raging Don Rumata
I regard myself as an unrealized, and, on the whole, failed, unhappy man.
Aleksei Yuryevich German was born in Leningrad in 1938, the son of writer Yuri Pavlovich German. He earned a degree in theatre direction. In 1968 with Aronov he made THE SEVENTH COMPANION (Sedmoy sputnik), a film that was banned. In 1969, the same fate befell TRIAL ON THE ROAD (Proverka na dorogach), inspired by a novel written by his father. In 1976, he directed TWENTY DAYS WITHOUT WAR (Dvadtsat dney bez voyny), based on the novel by Simonov, who saved the film from the censors. In 1984, German again turned to one of his father’s novels to make MY FRIEND IVAN LAPSHIN (Moy drug Ivan Lapshin), which was also banned. In the 1990s, German directed KHRUSTALYOV, MY CAR! (Khrustalyov, mashinu!), presented in competition at the Cannes Film Festival. His last work, HARD TO BE A GOD Trudno Byt Bogom), based on a novel by the Strugatsky brothers, took fifteen years to make. Aleksei German died in February 2013, and the film was completed by Svetlana Karmalita and by their son Aleksei German Jr.