"The film “Hard to be a God” premiered in St. Petersburg
February 21, 2014: The premier of Alexei German’s “Hard to be a God” was held in the movie theater complex “Velikan Park.” The filmmakers called this the main St. Petersburg premier, which was held on the anniversary of Alexei Yuryevich German’s death.
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More than 700 people attended the premier: the film crew, friends, families, and journalists. Among the guests were Oleg Basilavshili - People’s Artist of the USSR, Vladimir Gusev - director of the Russian Museum, composer Leonid Desyatnikov, director Alexei Uchitel, Nina Usatova - People’s Artist of Russia, actors Ilya Noskov and Aleksandr Bashirov, the Artistic Director of BDT G.A. Tovctonovova – Andrei Moguchi, Natalya Metelitsa - Director of the Theater Museum, violinist Mikhail Gantvarg, artist Andrei Bell, theater artist Edward Kochergin, the writer Mikhail Kurayev, and many others.
The premier took place simultaneously in four halls of the movie theater. Members of the film crew presented the film in each hall. Svetlana Karmalita, the wife of Alexei German and co-author, plus his son, the film director Alexei Alexeivich German, repeated again the central point: “The main principle that guided us as we finished the film was “Do No Harm”: “Alex wanted the film completed a certain way and so this film reflects what he had imagined for the cinematography.”
The film is based on the famous novel by the Strugatsky brothers, which the director filmed over the course of 15 years. Leonid Yarmolnik plays the main role in the film. Alexei German’s last film is set for wide release on February 27, 2014."