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Happy As Lazzaro
(Lazzaro felice)

Director in Person
$12 Special Event Tickets
Directed by Alice Rohrwacher.
With Adriano Tardiolo, Agnese Graziani, Alba Rohrwacher.
Italy, 2018, DCP, color, 125 min.
Italian with English subtitles.
DCP source: Netflix

Rohrwacher’s celebrated new feature is her most ambitious and imaginative project to date, an expansion of the oneiric dimension of her earlier work that gently pulls its story of an otherworldly young tobacco worker into the time-unraveling realm of fantasy. Winner of the award for best screenplay at Cannes, Happy as Lazzaro finds Rorhwacher working with a delightfully wider canvas that leaps across time to ambiguously bridge Italy’s feudal past and troubled present while offering a soulful Rip Van Winkle fable about class, capitalism and the mystery of whether innocence is lost, or is simply an apparition. – HG

Happy As Lazzaro (Lazzaro felice) introduction and post-screening discussion with HFA Director Haden Guest and Alice Rohrwacher. ©Harvard Film Archive

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