Happy as Lazzaro
by Alice Rohrwacher
This is the tale of a meeting between Lazzaro, a young peasant so good that he is often mistaken for simple-minded, and Tancredi, a young nobleman cursed by his imagination. Life in their isolated pastoral village Inviolata is dominated by the terrible MarchesaAlfonsinadeLuna,thequeenofcigarettes. A loyal bond is sealed when Tancredi asks Lazzaro to help him orchestrate his own kidnapping. This strange and improbable alliance is a revelation for Lazzaro. A friendship so precious that it will travel in time and transport Lazzaro in search of Tancredi. His firsttimeinthebigcity,Lazzaroislikeafragment of the past lost in the modern world.
Alice Rohrwacher directed Le Meraviglie (The Wonders), winner of the Grand Jury Prize at the 2014 Cannes Film Festival. Born in 1981 in Fiesole, she studied in TurinandLisbon.Shehasworked in music and documentary projects. She has also worked as an editor and composer for theatre. Her first feature Corpo Celeste made its world premiere in the Directors’ Fortnight(Cannes2011).
2018 Lazzaro Felice (Happy as Lazzaro)
2014 Le Meraviglie (The Wonders)
2011 Corpo Celeste
Gala Othero Winter
and with Nicoletta Braschi as the Marchesa Alfonsina de Luna
Director and Scriptwriter: Alice Rohrwacher Cinematographer: Hélène Louvart
Sound: Christophe Giovannoni
Sound Editing: Marta Billingsley
Set Designer: EmitaFrigato
Costume Designer: Loredana Buscemi
Line Producer: Giorgio Gasparini Assistant Director: NicolaScorza
Casting: Chiara Polizzi Acting Coach: Tatiana Lepore
Music Consultant: PieroCrucitti
Producer: Carlo Cresto-Dina
Co-producers: Tiziana Soudani, Alexandra Henochsberg, Grégory Gajos, Arthur Hallereau, Pierre-François Piet, Michel Merkt, Michael Weber, Viola Fügen
format DCP / colour / 1.63:1 / 5.1
length 125 min.
original languages Italian