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HARD TO BE A GOD

Трудно быть богом

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Directed by Aleksei German
Russia, 2013
Sci-Fi, Drama
      Russian
      English

Synopsis

An Earth scientist is sent to a planet that resembles our own during the Middle Ages—and he must not interfere in the planet’s political or historical development. Treated by the planet’s natives as a kind of divinity, he is both godlike and impotent in the face of chaos and brutality.

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This medieval monochrome epic from visionary Russian director Aleksei German was adapted from a novel by Soviet sci-fi masters the Strugatskiy brothers (Stalker). Years in the making, this mad and monumental feat of the imagination plunges humanity into the mire on a quest for civilization itself.

Synopsis

An Earth scientist is sent to a planet that resembles our own during the Middle Ages—and he must not interfere in the planet’s political or historical development. Treated by the planet’s natives as a kind of divinity, he is both godlike and impotent in the face of chaos and brutality.

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Hard to Be a GodDirected byAleksei German
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Awards & Festivals

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International Film Festival Rotterdam
2014
Indiewire Critics' Poll
2015 | Nominee: Best Cinematography

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