Beloved by audiences and critics at Cannes (where it was awarded the Best Screenplay prize), Alice Rohrwacher’s beautiful new film is beguiling allegory of love, loss and compassion exploring the troubled soul of Italy.

Lazzaro felice
Director: Alice Rohrwacher
Cast: Adriano Tardiolo, Agnese Graziani, Alba Rohrwacher, Luca Chikovani, Tommaso Ragno, Sergi López, Natalino Balasso, Nicoletta Braschi
Duration: 127 mins
Country of Origin: Italy

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Under The Tree

★★★★★
“Magical… intertwines the past and the present in a work that is as exhilarating as it is sublime.”
Joseph Walsh, TIME OUT LONDON

WINNER – 2018 CANNES INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL – Best screenplay
OFFICIAL SELECTION – 2018 KARLOVY VARY FILM FESTIVAL
OFFICIAL SELECTION – 2018 NEW YORK FILM FESTIVAL
OFFICIAL SELECTION – 2018 BFI LONDON FILM FESTIVAL (IN COMPETITION)

Beloved by audiences and critics at Cannes (where it was awarded the Best Screenplay prize), Alice Rohrwacher’s beautiful, much-anticipated new film is beguiling allegory of love, loss and compassion exploring the troubled soul of Italy.

It’s summer at Inviolata, an isolated rural estate, where an extended family of tobacco farmers toil under the rule of a domineering marchesa, and where the handsome and hard-working Lazzaro (captivating newcomer Adriano Tardiolo), a young man imbued with a saint-like innocence, is alternately adored and taken advantage of . When the marchesa’s self-absorbed son, Tancredi (Luca Chikovani) first visits the fields, he senses an opportunity, and embroils Lazzaro in an audacious plan to swindle his mother.  

Although this all seems to be taking place in the past, a stunning mid-film leap vaults the narrative squarely to the bustling streets of a wintry city in the present day, and into the realm of parable.

Channelling the spirit of Pasolini, Rohrwacher’s fascinating tale casts an ethereal, wondrous spell, and confirms her status as one of the most inventive and compelling voices in contemporary Italian cinema.  

Happy As Lazzaro

AUSTRALIAN PREMIERE SCREENINGS
Special Presentation
2018 Lavazza Italian Film Festival
Touring nationally, Sep 11-Oct 24
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NEW ZEALAND PREMIERE SCREENINGS
New Zealand International Film Festival 2018
Until 16 September
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