Happy As Lazzaro
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Festival in Media
Section: Country in Focus - Italy
Country: Italy Switzerland, France, Germany
Year: 2018

Happy As Lazzaro

125 minutes/color



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 Marchesa Alfonsina de Luna, the queen of cigarettes. 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



Director: Alice Rohrwacher

Screenplay: Alice Rohrwacher

Cinematographer: Hélène Louvart

Editing: Nelly Quettier

Costume designer: Loredana Buscemi

Producer: Carlo Cresto-Dina, Gregory Gajos, Pierre-François Piet, Tiziana Soudani, Michael Weber



Nicoletta Braschi, Sergi López, Alba Rohrwacher, Natalino Balasso, Tommaso Ragno, Adriano Tardiolo, Luca Chikovani, Leonardo Nigro



Tempesta, Amka Films, Ad Vitam Productions, Pola Pandora Filmproduktions, RAI Cinema, RSI - Radiotelevisione Svizzera di Lingua Italiana, ARTE France Cinéma

World sales:

The Match Factory



Alice Rohrwacher

Alice Rohrwacher studied in Turin and Lisbon. She made her first documentary, Un piccolo spettacolo, in 2003. Her first feature Corpo Celeste premiered in Cannes in 2011. Rohrwacher's second feature The Wonders won the Grand Prix du Jury at the 2014 Festival de Cannes.




2011 Corpo celeste

2014 The Wonders

2018 Happy as Lazzaro