Happy as Lazzaro

Alice Rohrwacher's ma­gical Cannes award-winning film about a kind-hearted young man pays an impressive tribute to classic cinema.

Lazzaro felice
Italy 2018
  • Czech
125 min.
  • This film is available until 31. 5. 2026 in these territories: Czechia, Slovakia.

The Cannes jury conferred Best Screenplay (ex aequo with Jafar Panahi’s 3 Faces) on the third picture from the Italian director, who also turned heads on the French Riviera in previous years with Corpo Celeste and The Wonders. Addressing the question whether or not friendship can travel through time, Alice Rohrwacher responds with a dreamlike story of kindhearted Lazzaro, who embarks upon various adventures armed with an unshakable faith in human beings. “I wanted to use the adventures of Lazzaro to tell, as gently as possible, and with love and humour, of the tragedy that has devastated my country. The end of rural civilisation, the migration to city boundaries of thousands of people who knew nothing of modernity, and their giving up of little to have even less,” states the director.

Read more
Director: Alice Rohrwacher
Screenplay: Alice Rohrwacher, Carmela Covino
Cinematography: Hélène Louvart
Sound: Christophe Giovannoni, Marta Billingsley
Editing: Nelly Quettier
Production Design: Emita Frigato
Producer: Carlo Cresto-Dina, Gregory Gajos, Arthur Hallereau, Alexandra Henochsberg, Pierre-François Piet, Tiziana Soudani, Michael Weber
Costumes: Loredana Buscemi
Cast: Adriano Tardiolo, Agnese Graziani, Alba Rohrwacher, Luca Chikovani, Tommaso Ragno, Sergi López, Natalino Balasso, Carlo Tarmati, Pasqualina Scuncia, Nicoletta Braschi

Cannes Film Festival

2018 – Alice Rohrwacher (Best Screenplay)

Chicago International Film Festival

2018 – Alice Rohrwacher (Gold Hugo – Best Feature)

Rotterdam International Film Festival

2019 – Alice Rohrwacher (IFFR Youth Jury Award)

  • This film is available until 31. 5. 2026 in these territories: Czechia, Slovakia.