Hard To Be A God

Part of our SOVIET SCI-FI series.

NR, 170 minutes

Post-show Q&A feat. Lilya Kaganovsky, Julie Turnock, and Robert Bird

Based on the novel by Russian sci-fi authors Arkady and Boris Strugatsky, this plunge into a fetid world of medieval horror on a distant planet 800 years into the future is not for the faint of heart. An earthling scientist sent to observe the backward alien civilization becomes worshipped as a god, as a brutally depraved society driven by animal impulses revels heartily in the copious mud and excrement of its own ignorance. Years in the making, and effectively the last will and testament of dissident cult director Aleksei German, Hard To Be A god is a big screen experience of gargantuan vision and challenging yet awe-inspiring scope. (2013, Aleksei German, Russia, 170 min, NR, Eng subs)

“The most important Russian film of the 21st century so far.” — Anton Dolin, Film Comment

“Probably one of the capital-G Great Films … it makes almost any other film you would care to put next to it seem puny.” — Glenn Kenny, RogerEbert.com

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