The Rome Film Festival will honor late Russian auteur Aleksei Yuryevich German with its Lifetime Achievement Award, given posthumouslyn prior to the world preem of his last film “Hard To Be a God”
The award will be accepted by both Svetlana Karmalita, the director’s widow – partner in all of his most personal projects and screenwriter of the late great’s last two films – and also by their son Aleksei German Jr., the innovative director whose “Paper Soldier” scooped the Venice Silver Lion in 2008.
Aleksei German, who in February died of heart failure, aged 74, built his reputation as a master with just four films: “The Seventh Companion” (1967), “Trial on the Road” (1971), “Twenty Days Without War” (1976), and “My Friend Ivan Lapshin” (1984). He was among the last in a generation of film directors victimised by the Soviet Union’s censorship and draconian arts cuts.
“He stood by every film in his highly personal opus, which he produced against everyone and everything, in the course of an artistic and philosophical progression that is absolutely mind-boggling,” said Rome artistic topper Marco Mueller in a statement.
German’s long-gestating “Hard to Be a God” is a philosophical science fiction epic inspired by the eponymous novel by brothers Boris and Arkady Strugatsky whose “Roadside Picnic” was adapted by Andrei Tarkovsky for his film “Stalker.”
German’s unfinished “God” pic was completed by Svetlana Karmalita and Aleksei German Jr.
The date of the Rome prize ceremony and “Hard To Be a God” preem has not yet been specified. The lineup will be unveiled on October 14.
The 8th edition of the Rome fest will run November 8-17.