9th edition: 21 April – 26 April 2020

Lazzaro Felice (Happy as Lazzaro) (2019 Feature Film)

Alice Rohrwacher | Italy, Switzerland, France, Germany | 2018 | color | DCP | 130′ | Italian | e.s.

Award-winning Italian director Alice Rohrwacher’s modern fable concerns the innocent Lazzaro and the other villagers who live like medieval serfs on a tobacco plantation. Following a dramatic incident, they are dragged kicking and screaming into the modern world – whether they’ll be better off there or not remains to be seen.

The village of Inviolata (Italian for ‘unsullied’) lives up to its name in successful Italian director Alice Rohrwacher’s third film. The small community of tobacco farmers lives as it has for centuries. However, the car belonging to the marchioness – who rules the plantation with an iron fist – and her son Tancredi’s mobile phone reveal that we are closer to the present than we might think.

In turn, the exploited villagers abuse the endless patience of young Lazzaro, who is innocence personified. From the moment he and Tancredi become friends, everything goes wrong. Following a dramatic incident, the villagers are dragged into the modern age. Lazzaro felice (a screenplay winner in Cannes) tells a wondrous tale in which fable and social realism unite, as if by magic.

Place: The Cinemas 2

Date: 11 April 2019

Time: 15:30

Duration: 1:40

Place: The Cinemas 5

Date: 14 April 2019

Time: 17:45

Duration: 1:40

Year in
Festival

2019

Director

Alice Rohrwacher

Camera

Héléne Louvart

Cast

Adriano Tardiolo
Agnese Graziani
Luca Chikovani
Alba Rohrwacher
Sergi López
Natalino Balasso
Tommaso Ragno

Country

Italy
Switzerland
France
Germany

Editor

Nelly Quettier

Language

Italian

Length

130′

Music

Piero Crucitti

Producer

Carlo Cresto-Dina
Tiziana Soudani
Gregory Gajos
Michael Weber

Production Company

Tempesta SRL
Amka Films Productions
Ad Vitam Production
Pola Pandora Film

Production Design

Emita Frigato

Sales

The Match Factory GmbH

Scenario

Alice Rohrwacher

Sound Design

Christophe Giovannoni

Year of Production

2018

Alice ROHRWACHER (1982, Italië) is geboren in Toscane. Ze studeerde literatuur en filosofie aan de universiteit van Turijn en specialiseerde zich in het schrijven van scenario’s. Haar speelfilmdebuut Corpo celeste (2011) opende de Quinzaine des Réalisateurs in Cannes. Rohrwachers tweede speelfilm Le meraviglie (2014) won op hetzelfde filmfestival de Grand Prix. Lazarro felice (2018) werd in Cannes genomineerd voor een Gouden Palm en won er de prijs voor beste scenario. Op de filmfestivals van Jeruzalem en Chicago won de film de prijs voor Beste Speelfilm.

 

Filmography

Checosamanca (2006, doc, co-dir), Corpo celeste (2011), Le meraviglie/The Wonders (2014), 9×10 novanta (segment Una canzone) (2014, doc), De Djess (2015, short), Lazzaro felice/Happy as Lazzaro (2018)