Happy As Lazzaro
It’s summer at Inviolata, an isolated rural estate where an extended family of farmers toil under the rule of a domineering marchesa (Nicoletta Braschi). The handsome and hard-working Lazzaro (captivating newcomer Adriano Tardiolo), a young man imbued with a saint-like innocence, is alternately adored and taken advantage of by his fellow labourers. When the marchesa’s self-absorbed son Tancredi (Luca Chikovani) visits Inviolata with his mother for the first time, he senses an opportunity in Lazzaro naiveté and embroils him in an audacious plan that spirals out of control and throws the estate into a complicated chaos that takes everybody by surprise.
A deeply-affecting parable that effortlessly shifts between neo and magical realism, Alice Rohrwacher’s multi award-winning tale casts an ethereal, wondrous spell, and confirms her status as one of the most inventive and compelling voices in contemporary Italian cinema. Winner: Best Screenplay, Cannes Film Festival. Winner: Best Film, Chicago Film Festival.
Italian language, English subtitles. Advance screenings May 31-June 2.
“Mesmerising. An instant classic. Rohrwacher draws from the past (tapping into literature and folklore as well as film) to interrogate present conditions and future possibilities. 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. What makes this a great movie, though — a film that acquires new depths of emotion and meaning each time you see it — is the piercing clarity of Alice Rohrwacher’s vision.” - A.O. Scott, THE NEW YORK TIMES
Deluxe: In-Cinema dining session.
Event: Special event screening, complimentary & discount tickets do not apply
CC & AD: Closed captions or audio description available for individual use for this session, captions DO NOT appear on-screen.
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