Happy as Lazzaro

Happy as Lazzaro (12A)

Our technical guru, Simon, has been lobbying to show this gorgeous film since he saw it at a preview screening a few months ago.

Lazzaro (played by talented newcomer Adriano Tardiolo) is a beautiful peasant whose sweet nature means people mistake him for simple-minded. He happily does the bidding of anyone in his local village, which is ruled over by the Cruella de Vil-esque Marchesa (Nicoletta Braschi). Lazzaro finds an unlikely friend in Marchesa’s petulant son Tancredi, who convinces his hapless ally to help him stage his own kidnapping to secure a ransom.

Beautifully shot on Super 16mm by Rohrwacher’s regular cinematographer Hélène Louvart and incorporating some truly stunning imagery, the film’s textured sepia tinge evokes both a  nostalgia for rural innocence and the melancholy of urban decay.

Friday, September  13th 2019
Doors open at 7pm
Film starts at 7.30pm

Director: Alice Rohrwacher
Year: 2019
Italian with English subtitles
Certificate: 12A
Running time: 2 hours 10 minutes
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And the critics say…

“Rohrwacher isn’t interested in resurrecting the ghosts of movies past so much as channeling the spirit of the Brothers Grimm and modern-day anger. She does not want to just show you pretty pictures, but a genuine vision.” David Fear, Rolling Stone

“In the wide, green eyes of actor Adriano Tardiolo, Rohrwacher finds a gaze that sheds all cynicism, a guileless anchor for her devastating exploration of the false promise of progress and the elusive possibility of collective happiness.” Erika Balsom, Sight and Sound

“Easily among this year’s finest films and laced with an unapologetic social message, ‘Happy As Lazzaro’ dares one to imagine a reality where each individual would task themselves to be as selfless and morally whole as its main protagonist.” Tomris Lafly, Rogerebert.com

“This movie feels bracingly new and also like something that has been here forever. It has the urgency of a news bulletin and the authority of a classic.” A.O. Scott,  The New York Times