Hard to Be a God


Hard to Be a God (Trudno byt’ bogom, Russia, 2013, 170’)
di Aleksei Guerman
con Leonid Jarmolnik, Dmitrij Vladimirov, Laura Lauri

A group of research scientists has been sent to the planet Arkanar, living under an oppressed regime in a period equivalent to earth’s Middle Ages. The local population is suffering a ban issued on anyone who knows how to read and write. The scientists must refrain from influencing political and historical events on Arkanar. They must work incognito, and they must remain neutral. Don Rumata, recognized by the locals as a sort of futuristic god, tries to save the local intelligentsia from their punishment. He cannot avoid taking the stance: “What would you do in God’s place?” Adapted from the 1960’s cult sci-fi novel Hard to Be a God by Boris and Arkady Strugatsky.