Lazzaro felice

  • 130'
  • Italy
  • 2018

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 marquis’ car - 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. 

Winner IFFR Youth Jury Award, IFFR 2019.

Director
Alice Rohrwacher
Countries of production
Italy, Switzerland, France, Germany
Production Year
2018
Festival Edition
IFFR 2019
Length
130'
Medium
DCP
International title
Happy as Lazzaro
Language
Italian
Producers
Carlo Cresto-Dina, Tiziana Soudani, Gregory Gajos, Michael Weber
Production Companies
Tempesta SRL, Amka Films Productions, Ad Vitam Production, Pola Pandora Film
Sales
The Match Factory GmbH
Screenplay
Alice Rohrwacher
Cinematography
Héléne Louvart
Editor
Nelly Quettier
Production Design
Emita Frigato
Sound Design
Christophe Giovannoni
Music
Piero Crucitti
Cast
Adriano Tardiolo, Agnese Graziani, Luca Chikovani, Alba Rohrwacher, Sergi López, Natalino Balasso, Tommaso Ragno
Local Distributor
Cinemien