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Lazzaro felice / Happy as Lazzaro

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.

Original Title: Lazzaro felice
Director: Alice Rohrwacher
Cast: Nicoletta Braschi, Sergi López, Alba Rohrwacher, Natalino Balasso, Tommaso Ragno Direktor fotografije: Hélène Louvart
Duration: 125′
Year: 2018.
Country: Italy, Switzerland, France, Germany