Thursday 21 September 2017, 6pm
Robert Emmet Theatre, Arts Building, Trinity College

Please click here to read the text of Isabel Nolan's introduction to this screening. 

In an interview in 2014, Isabel Nolan stated that, “I’m interested in the ways that people are interested in the world – the ways that scientists, poets, philosophers, artists etc. find ways to interact with and activate the world”(1). On the occasion of her solo exhibition Calling on Gravity, Nolan has selected a screening of the Russian film Hard to be a God which portrays a grotesque and anarchic alternate world in which any progression in culture and technology are violently suppressed.

Hard to Be a God was the last film of the visionary director Aleksei German, filmed over six years and completed in 2013 after German’s death by his widow and son. Based on the novel of the same name by the Strugatsky brothers, it tells the story of thirty scientists who are sent to an Earth-like planet that is seemingly suspended in the Middle Ages in order to bring about the Renaissance. What follows is an incomparable cinematic spectacle; its capacity to repulse and disgust equalled by its black humour and originality.

The screening will be introduced by the artist. All are welcome and admission is free, there is no need to book a place.

Image: Still from Hard to be a God, 2013, dir. Aleksei German, 177 minutes, black and white. Screened courtesy of Arrow Films, UK. Warning: This film contains scenes of extreme violence and may not be suitable for all audiences. 

(1) Nolan, Isabel, Interview with Jason Oakley, VAN Sept / Oct 2014