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Film Info

Film Information

Exhibition Title Playback
Directors Antoine Cattin
Pavel Kostomarov
Year 2012
Format HD
Colour Color + B&W
Duration 67'
  • F: Antoine Cattin, Pavel Kostomarov
  • G, E: Antoine Cattin
  • S: Adrien Kessler
  • P: Elena Hill
  • CP: Les Films Hors-Champ, RTS Radio Television Suisse
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Prior to his death (you might say decades before, since he died on February 21st this year, but worked periodically on this project since the late Sixties), the great Russian director Alexei German was working in the adaptation of How Hard It Is to Be God, a novel by brothers Arkadi and Boris Strugatski –a science fiction story about scientists studying the behavior of a wild planet’s inhabitants. In their own way, Cattin and Kostomarov filmed the same story: the “wild planet” is actually the film set of How Hard It Is to Be God, and the God in question is, naturally, German, with his emotional peaks, impossible orders, and a level of abuse towards his film crew that has never been so crudely documented and makes Herzog look like a Backyardigan when put next this autocrat from Leningrad. Apart from its echoes and metaphors (there are plenty of both), Playback is a unique opportunity to peek at a creative process in its most wild state of splendor. MP

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