ORIGINAL TITLETrudno Byt Bogom
2013 || Russia || 170 mins ||
35mm || Color || in Russian || Feature
WORLD SALESOpen World Fund (Moscow)
FESTIVALS / AWARDS
Rome 2013 – Lifetime Achievement Award for Aleksei German
A group of research scientists has been sent to the planet Arkanar, living under an oppressed regime in a period equivalent to earth’s Middle Ages. The local population is suffering a ban issued on anyone who knows how to read and write. The scientists must refrain from influencing political and historical events on Arkanar. They must work incognito, and they must remain neutral. Don Rumata, recognized by the locals as a sort of futuristic god, tries to save the local intelligentsia from their punishment. He cannot avoid taking the stance: “What would you do in God’s place?”
Adapted from the 1960’s cult sci-fi novel “Hard to Be a God” by Boris and Arkady Strugatsky. From the acclaimed director of KHRUSTALYOV, MY CAR!, MY FRIEND IVAN LAPSHIN, TWENTY DAYS WITHOUT WAR and TRIAL ON THE ROAD.