Happy as Lazzaro (Lazzaro felice)

Happy as Lazzaro (Lazzaro felice)

For her third narrative feature, the Tuscan-born, Oscar-nominated filmmaker Alice Rohrwacher explores the harsh economic realities of rural Italy. The Cannes-winning screenplay follows Lazzaro, an innocente working as a sharecropper on the isolated Inviolata estate—so isolated, in fact, that its residents and workers are unaware that enslavement was outlawed years ago. Once released from his impossible situation, Lazzaro explores the world, bringing his own sense of humble magic to everyone he encounters. Added to Bong Joon-ho’s Sight and Sound list of 20 filmmakers to watch, Rohrwacher’s endless sense of wonder makes her one of the more fascinating storytellers to emerge this century. 

DIRECTED/WRITTEN BY: Alice Rohrwacher. WITH: Adriano Tardiolo, Agnese Graziani, Alba Rohrwacher, Luca Chikovani. 2018. 128 min. Italy/Switzerland/France/Germany. Color. Italian. Rated PG-13. DCP. Courtesy of Cinecittà.

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