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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Happy As Lazzaro

“Mesmerising. An instant classic. Rohrwacher draws from the past (tapping into literature and folklore as well as film) to interrogate present conditions and future possibilities. This movie feels bracingly new and also like something that has been here forever. It has the urgency of a news bulletin and the authority of a classic. What makes this a great movie, though — a film that acquires new depths of emotion and meaning each time you see it — is the piercing clarity of Alice Rohrwacher’s vision.”
A.O. Scott, THE NEW YORK TIMES

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

“A sly enchantment of a movie. Rohrwacher works in a modest, rough-hewn style that nonetheless feels kissed by a strange and melancholy magic. “Happy as Lazzaro” is slow to reveal its full shape: It’s a realist snapshot of downtrodden lives that gradually takes on shadings of fable and myth, a deceptively plain story that, by the end, all but glows with wonderment and surprise.”
Justin Chang, LOS ANGELES TIMES

“Stunning. Bewitching, truly distinctive. A wilfully, gorgeously out-of-time work, one that tangles past and present with critical concern for the future.”
Guy Lodge, VARIETY

WINNER – 2018 CANNES INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL – Best screenplay
4x NOMINEE – 2018 EUROPEAN FILM AWARDS – Best Film, Director, Actress, Screenwriter
NOMINEE – 2019 INDEPENDENT SPIRIT AWARDS – Best International Film
WINNER – 2018 CHICAGO FILM FESTIVAL – Best Film
TOP 5 – NATIONAL BOARD OF REVIEW 2018 – Best Foreign Language Film
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 powerful, deeply-affecting 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 with this utterly transporting film experience.  

Happy As Lazzaro

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