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8th edition: 10 April - 14 April 2019

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
Alice Rohrwacher
Héléne Louvart
Adriano Tardiolo
Agnese Graziani
Luca Chikovani
Alba Rohrwacher
Sergi López
Natalino Balasso
Tommaso Ragno
Nelly Quettier
Piero Crucitti
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
The Match Factory GmbH
Alice Rohrwacher
Sound Design
Christophe Giovannoni
Year of Production
Alice Rohrwacher

Alice ROHRWACHER (1982, Italy) was born in Tuscany. She studied Literature and Philosophy at the University of Turin, specializing in scriptwriting. Her feature debut Corpo celeste (2011) was the opening film at Directors' Fortnight in Cannes. In Rohrwacher's second feature, Le meraviglie (2014), her sister Alba Rohrwacher plays a leading role. This film won the Grand Prix at the same film festival. Also in Cannes, Lazarro felice (2018) was nominated for a Golden Palm and won the Best Screenplay award, as well as winning Best Feature at the Jerusalem and Chicago film festivals.


Checosamanca (2006, doc, co-dir), Corpo celeste (2011), Le meraviglie/The Wonders (2014), 9x10 novanta (segment Una canzone) (2014, doc), De Djess (2015, short), Lazzaro felice/Happy as Lazzaro (2018)