Seasonal Special Happenings

A Sci-Fi Spectacle

When: Thu., April 16 2015

The final film from influential Russian director Aleksei German, Hard to Be a God is a sci-fi spectacle based on a novel by Arkady and Boris Strugatsky. The film follows a group of scientists as they are sent to an Earth like planet, Arkanar, during its Dark Ages to study the civilization. One scientist, Don Rumata (Leonid Yarmolnik), is disgusted by the cruelties he sees everyday, but is forbidden from interfering and possibly altering the civilization's natural course of history. As he witnesses this world's best minds being silenced by the world's barbaric nature, he finds it hard to sit idly by. A dark and gritty film, Hard to Be a God shows the pungent, rotten times of the Dark Ages up close and personal. The film shows tonight at 6:45 at the Cleveland Institute of Art Cinematheque. Tickets are $9 and there will be a second showing on Sunday at 7. (Martin Harp)

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