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Aleksey GERMAN
Алексей ГЕРМАН
Alekseï GUERMAN
 
Russia, 2013, 177 mn 
Black and white, fiction

Hard to Be a God

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Трудно быть Богом

 

 Il est difficile d'être un Dieu

 Istoria arkanarskoy rezni


Other titles : История арканарской резни / The Story of the Arcanar Massacre
 
Directed by : Aleksey GERMAN (Алексей ГЕРМАН)
Writing credits : Aleksey GERMAN (Алексей ГЕРМАН), Svetlana KARMALITA (Светлана КАРМАЛИТА)
Based on The brothers Strugatsky's novel 'Hard to be a God'
 
Cast
Aleksandr ILIN (Александр ИЛЬИН) ...Arata
Pyotr MERKURYEV (Пётр МЕРКУРЬЕВ)
Laura PITSKHELAURY (Лаура ПИЦХЕЛАУРИ)
Yuri TSURILO (Юрий ЦУРИЛО) ...Baron Pampa
Leonid YARMOLNIK (Леонид ЯРМОЛЬНИК) ...Don Rumata
 
Cinematography : Vladimir_2 ILIN (Владимир_2 ИЛЬИН), Yuri KLIMENKO (Юрий КЛИМЕНКО)
Production design : Sergey KOKOVKIN (Сергей КОКОВКИН), Georgi KROPACHEV (Георгий КРОПАЧЕВ), Yelena ZHUKOVA (Елена ЖУКОВА)
Produced by : Viktor IZVEKOV (Виктор ИЗВЕКОВ)
Release date in Russia : 27/02/2014
 
Language : russe
Format : 35 mm
Sites : Page Allociné, page IMDb
Release date in France : 2015-02-11, Site

Awards :
Best Cinematography Yuri KLIMENKO , Vladimir_2 ILIN , Annual award of the Guild of Historians of Cinema and Film Critics, Moscow (Russia), 2015
Best Set Decoration Georgi KROPACHEV , Yelena ZHUKOVA , Sergey KOKOVKIN , Annual award of the Guild of Historians of Cinema and Film Critics, Moscow (Russia), 2015
Special Prize Annual award of the Guild of Historians of Cinema and Film Critics, Moscow (Russia), 2014

DVD with subtitles
Editeur : Capricci. 2015. Titre : Il est difficile d'être un Dieu.
Dans un double coffret contenant : « Il est difficile d’être Dieu » et « Khroustaliov, ma voiture ! »
Bonus du coffret :
- Guerman enfin... de Guy Seligmann (making of de Khroustaliov, ma voiture !), 1998, 19 min.
- Rencontre publique avec Svetlana Karmalita.
- Photographies de Il est difficile d'être un dieu par Sergueï Aksionov.
Voir : http://www.capricci.fr/coffret-alexei-guerman-361.html

Plot synopsis
On another planet, which goes through its Middle Ages, a group of historians from Earth live pretending to be average people. The main character, known as Don Rumata, is disgusted by cruelties he observes on everyday basis but is prohibited by his superiors from interfering and thus changing the natural course of history of the planet. The only thing the historians have a right to do is to protect and help few individuals who seem to be different from everybody else and can benefit the entire planet through their knowledge and ideas. Rumata has to find one of these people, Budakh, and rescue him from the hands of Don Reba, a grey cardinal ruling for a weak king and later, an insane tyrant.
Source :en.wikipedia.org
 

Commentaries and bibliography
IL EST DIFFICILE D'ÊTRE UN DIEU d'Arkadi et Boris Strougatski et Alexeï Guerman Le scénario interdit, Eugénie ZVONKINE, Book, L'HARMATTAN, 2019
L’espace comme piège dans les films russes contemporains, Eugénie ZVONKINE, Article, Presses universitaires du Septentrion, 2017
Гений и грязь. Долгожданный фильм Трудно быть богом Алексея Германа шокирует всех. Но каждого — чем-то своим, неожиданным, Yuri GLADILSHCHIKOV, Review, kinote.info, 2013
Как трудно — быть… О незаконченном фильме Алексея Германа Трудно быть богом., Алла Босарт, Article, Novayagazeta.ru, 2013
«Опустит слабые руки». [О фильме Историия арканарской резни], Vasili_3 STEPANOV, Review, seance.ru, 2009
Жоэль Шапрон :"В России нужна организация, занимающаяся продвижением всех фильмов, без исключения", Interview, kinoglaz.fr, 2009
Joël Chapron : "Il faut, en Russie, une institution qui promeuve tous les films sans exclusive", Interview, kinoglaz.fr, 2009
После первого просмотра. [О фильме Историия арканарской резни], Article, seance.ru, 2008
Эльсинор XXI века. [Круглый стол «Сеанса» о фильме История арканарской резни], Debate, seance.ru, 2008
 

Selected in the following festivals :
- Russian film symposium. University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh (USA), 2017
- Strasbourg two weeks of Russian cinema, Strasbourg (France), 2016
- Rétrospective Alexeï Guerman à la Cinémathèque française, Paris (France), 2015
- Release in France of the film, Different cities (France), 2015-02-11
- Annual award of the Guild of Historians of Cinema and Film Critics, Moscow (Russia), 2015
- Belgrade International Film Festival, Belgrade (Serbia), 2015
- Melbourne International Film Festival - MIFF, Melbourne (Australia), 2014
- New Cinema Festival, Montreal (Canada), 2014
- Karlovy Vary International Film Festival, Karlovy Vary (Czech Republic), 2014
- Festival international du film de La Roche sur Yon, La Roche sur Yon (France), 2014
- Russian Film Week in Paris : Regards de Russie, Paris (France), 2014
- L'Etrange Festival, Paris (France), 2014
- Munich International Film Festival, Munich (Germany), 2014
- Rotterdam International Film Festival, Rotterdam (Netherlands), 2014
- Era New Horizons IFF, Wroclaw (Poland), 2014
- Annual award of the Guild of Historians of Cinema and Film Critics, Moscow (Russia), 2014
- Göteborg International Film Festival, Göteborg (Sweden), 2014
- The Times BFI London Film Festival, London (United Kingdom), 2014
- Seattle International Film Festival : SIFF, Seattle (USA), 2014
- Festival internazionale del Film di Roma, Rome (Italy), 2013


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