Hard to Be a God (Trudno byt’ bogom)
Dir. Aleksei German. Russia, 2014, 170 mins. New York premiere. Posthumously released after years of production delays and moratoriums, the Boschian sci-fi epic Hard to be a God is German’s final magnum opus. Adapted from the popular novel by Arkady and Boris Strugatsky, it centers on a group of men who discover a planet that resembles earth as it was 800 years ago. Staggering and dreamlike, the film bears the essence of “suffering and endurance—a still life in motion.” —Olaf Moller, CinemaScope
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