Happy as Lazzaro

by Alice Rohrwacher

Happy as Lazzaro


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


Adriano Tardiolo
Agnese Graziani
Alba Rohrwacher
Luca Chikovani
Tommaso Ragno
Sergi Lopez
Natalino Balasso
Gala Othero Winter
David Bennent
and with Nicoletta Braschi as the Marchesa Alfonsina de Luna


Director and Scriptwriter: Alice Rohrwacher Cinematographer: Hélène Louvart
Editor:­ Nelly­Quettier­
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


Technical Data

format DCP / colour / 1.63:1 / 5.1
length 125 min.
original languages Italian

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