Lazzaro felice / Happy as Lazzaro / Šťastný Lazzaro

fiction / 2018 / Italy / col. / 125 min.

Lazarro is a young man so kind and honest that he almost comes across as stupid. He lives in a remote corner of Italy in an isolated community of farmers that lost contact with the outside world decades ago. They diligently work for their cunning mistress without any wages, education or decent life conditions. However, as they have no frame of reference, they live a relatively happy life. Once the group of enslaved villagers is accidentally discovered by the police, the farmers discover the lie they’ve been living and set out for the city to fulfill their dreams. While the others are going through a reality check, Lazarro still remains almost movingly honest and inartificial in the midst of the modern world, a remnant of a past long lost. The magical film by Alice Rohrwacher paying an impressive homage to classical cinema won the prize for best screenplay at last year’s Cannes Festival.

Director: Alice Rohrwacher
Screenplay: Alice Rohrwacher
Photography: Hélène Louvart
Editor: Nelly Quettier
Cast: Adriano Tardiolo, Nicoletta Braschi, Sergi López, Alba Rohrwacher, Tommaso Ragno, Leonardo Nigro, Agnese Graziani, Luca Chikovani