Happy as Lazzaro (Lazzaro Felice)

  • Dir: Alice Rohrwacher

  • Italy, 2018, 125min

  • Cast: Adriano Tardiolo, Luca Chikovani, Alba Rohrwacher

Inheriting Italian neorealism with magical inflexions, Alice Rohrwacher – following her Cannes Grand Prix winner The Wonders (2014) – creates her own brand of striking poetry fusing eccentric fantasy and social critique. Shot on Super 16mm, the film’s grainy sepia tinge evokes nostalgia of rural innocence and melancholy of urban decay through the tale of Lazzaro, an achingly naive peasant traveling in time in search of his friend – a devious lad of the manor who now becomes a broken man in the modern city. Winner of Cannes’ Best Screenplay, this fascinating allegorical mystery bears witness to two eras of social exploitation, yet embracing the human spirit and saintly heart shielded in the contemporary Happy Prince in undeniable beauty.

2018 Cannes Film Festival, Best Screenplay

Screening:

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