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Hard to Be a God

Трудно быть богом

Directed by Aleksei German
Russia, 2013
  • Russian
  • English


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.

Our take

Years in the making by visionary Russian director Aleksei German, this medieval epic adapted from a novel by Soviet sci-fi masters the Strugatskiy brothers (Stalker) plunges humanity into the mire on a quest for civilization itself. See our festival review and our exploration of medieval cinema.

Hard to Be a God Directed by Aleksei German

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