Happy as Lazzaro (Lazzaro Felice)

Modern Films Entertainment

Distribution: Selective Scheme

England

2018

Total project grant (euros)

103,000

Programme

Creative Europe

Sub-programme

MEDIA

Funding scheme

Distribution: Selective Scheme

Call number

12/2017

Call publication date

5 Oct 2017

Application deadline

14 Jun 2018

Result publication date

24 Oct 2018

Happy as Lazzaro (Lazzaro Felice) is a 2018 Italian film directed by Alice Rohrwacher that follows the adventures of a man living on the margins of his society who can seemingly travel through time.

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.

Happy as Lazzaro won the award for Best Screenplay at the Cannes Film Festival 2018.

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