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Hard to Be a God (2013)

Trudno byt bogom (original title)
Not Rated | | Drama, Sci-Fi | 27 February 2014 (Russia)
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A group of scientists are 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 ... See full summary »

Director:

Aleksey German

Writers:

Arkadiy Strugatskiy (novel), Boris Strugatskiy (novel) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Credited cast:
Leonid Yarmolnik ... Don Rumata
Aleksandr Chutko Aleksandr Chutko ... Don Reba
Yuriy Tsurilo ... Baron Pampa
Evgeniy Gerchakov ... Budakh
Valentin Golubenko ... Arata
Leonid Timtsunik ... Arima
Natalya Moteva Natalya Moteva ... Ari
Nikita Strukov Nikita Strukov ... Kusis
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Gali Abaydulov
Yuriy Ashikhmin Yuriy Ashikhmin ... Rab
Remigijus Bilinskas Remigijus Bilinskas ... Voin (as Remigiyus Bilinskas)
Valeriy Boltyshev Valeriy Boltyshev ... don Ripat
Vasiliy Domrachyov ... vozchik Rumaty
Lev Eliseev
Valeriy Guryanov Valeriy Guryanov ... Monakh
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A group of scientists are 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? Director's statement 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. Written by Svetlana Karmalita/Rome Film Festival

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Drama | Sci-Fi

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Official Sites:

Official site [Japan]

Country:

Russia

Language:

Russian

Release Date:

27 February 2014 (Russia) See more »

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Budget:

$7,000,000 (estimated)
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Dolby Digital

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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After Herman's death, his son Alexei German Jr., and Svetlana Karmalita, completed the work on the film. See more »

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Epic Masterpiece
4 May 2017 | by kipp_howardSee all my reviews

Phenomenal! Flawless! The 8th wonder! Without saying much, at this moment in time, is the greatest film masterpiece of all time. The story, the brilliant direction, camera-work, editing, visuals, characters; this is what an epic film should be.

It never gets old, no matter how many times i watch it, I find something new without fail. I cannot believe this exists, and how it was made. A great many props and applause for all those that helped in the making of this masterwork of film. It has inspired me more than any other film in my film making process. An absolute wonder of the ages! -Kipp Howard


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