"Happy as Lazzaro" (2018) | Alice Rohrwacher
New Release/Global Cinema
Happy as Lazzaro
(Alice Rohrwacher, 2018, 125 min, Italy, Italian with English subtitles, color, DCP)
-- Introduced by Achille Castaldo (Romance Studies)
Confirming her status as a major voice in contemporary Italian cinema, Alice Rohrwacher returns with a film of striking poetry, fusing eccentric fantasy and social critique. Shot on Super 16mm, the film’s grainy sepia tinge is a perfect vehicle for the tale of Lazzaro, an otherworldly young tobacco worker who can seemingly travel through time. Winner of Cannes’ Best Screenplay, Happy as Lazzaro bears witness to two eras of social exploitation through an exhilarating and delirious fable.
-- 2018 Cannes Film Festival, Best Screenplay
“Rohrwacher’s new film takes the viewer from an indefinite past—in which an oppressed community of farmers live on a sharecropping estate—to a contemporary urban Italy marked by class stratification… Rohrwacher’s beautiful, painful movie alerts us to the maladies of our time while also providing us with the emotional tools to defeat them. – Many Yáñez, Film Comment
"A genuine UFO of a film that seems to come from another time and place, and certainly another imagination. A delirious brew of modernism, folktale and fabulist invention." – Jonathan Romney, Screen Daily
Sponsored by the Program in the Arts of the Moving Image (AMI) and the Department of Romance Studies.
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