Happy as Lazzaro (12A) - evening

Sunday 08 December 2019
7:30pm - 9:34pm
Film Unit Cinema in the Nelson Mandela Auditorium

Director: Alice Rohrwacher
Cast: Adriano Tardiolo, Alba Rohrwacher
Country: Italy
Language: Italian

In the isolated Italian village of Inviolata, the peasant farmers live lives of unquestioning toil, oppressed and blatantly exploited by a tobacco baroness and her family. Lazzaro is a young farmer who is optimistic, naive and unceasingly kind despite the teasing of the other peasants. When the Baroness’s son Tancredi meets Lazzaro an unexpected friendship grows between them, eventually blossoming into a kind of brotherhood. As they face challenges and cook up schemes, their friendship changes Lazzaro’s world in unforeseeable ways. Rohrwacher’s beautiful and mysterious film flowers into something inexpressibly moving, yet also disturbing and unaccountable. Winner of the Cannes film festival award for Best Screenplay, the enigmatic Italian film is perfect for lovers of the unusual and moving.