Lazzaro Felice/Happy as Lazzaro

WRITTEN AND DIRECTED BY ALICE ROHRWACHER

SYNOPSIS

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. His first time in the big city, Lazzaro is like a fragment of the past lost in the modern world.

BIO

Alice Rohrwacher was born in 1981 in Fiesole (Italy) and studied in Turin and Lisbon.
She has worked in music, performing as a musician for theatre and in documentary filmmaking as editor and director.

Filmography

LE MERAVIGLIE / THE WONDERS Italy 2014 (111’)

  • “Grand Jury Prize” Cannes Festival 2014
  • “Best film” Filmfest München 2014
  • “Black Pearl Award” New Horizons Abu Dhabi Film festival 2014
  • “Special Jury Award” Seville European film Festival 2014
  • “Best Screenplay” Mar del Plata International Film Festival 2014

CORPO CELESTE Italy/France/Switzerland/Germany 2011 (98’)

  • “Ingmar Bergman Int. Debut Award” 2012
  • “Nastro d’Argento” Best Newcomer 2012
  • “Ciak d’Oro” Best Newcomer 2012
  • “Premio Suso Cecchi D’Amico” Best Screenplay 2012

LA FIUMARA episode of the collective documentary Che cosa manca Italia/What is Italy missing 2006 (7’)

CAST

Lazzaro Adriano Tardiolo
Antonia adulta Alba Rohrwacher
Tancredi adulto Tommaso Ragno
Tancredi giovane Luca Chikovani
Antonia giovane Agnese Graziani
Ultimo Sergi Lopez
Nicola Natalino Balasso
and with Nicoletta Braschi playing Marchesa Alfonsina De Luna

Crew

written and directed by Alice Rohrwacher
photography Hélène Louvart
editing Nelly Quettier
sound Christophe Giovannoni
sound editing Marta Billingsley
set design Emita Frigato
costumes Loredana Buscemi

tempesta / Carlo Cresto-Dina production produced with Rai Cinema 

in coproduction with Pola Pandora Filmproduktion, Ad Vitam, Amka Films Productions
in coproduction with RSI, Radiotelevisione svizzera, ARTE France Cinema, ZDF
with Arte France
supported by Eurimages, Ufficio Federale Della Cultura (DFI), Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg
financing by Investitionsbank des Landes Brandenburg
in collaboration with Aides aux Cinémas du Monde Centr National du Cinéma et de l’image animée
supported by Regione Lazio Fondo Regionale per il cinema e l’audiovisivo
supported by Ministero dei Beni e della Attività Culturali e del Turismo – Direzione Generale Cinema