12/1 | 17:30 | Happy as Lazzaro

Italy, Switzerland, France, Germany/2018
Alice Rohrwacher


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.

Alice Rohrwacher

Alice Rohrwacher

Director of Photography
Hélène Louvart

Film Editing
Nelly Quettier

Carlo Cresto-Dina

Production Company
tempesta / Carlo Cresto-Dina and Rai Cinema


Adriano Tardiolo, Nicoletta Braschi, Sergi López, Alba Rohrwacher, Natalino Balasso, Tommaso Ragno


Alice Rohrwacher
Director's Biography
Alice Rohrwacher

Alice Rohrwacher was born in 1981 in Fiesole, and studied in ­Turin­ and ­­Lisbon. ­She ­has ­worked­ in­ music­ and ­­projects, as well as editor and composer for­ theatre. ­Her ­first ­feature ­Corpo Celeste (2011) made its world premiere in the Directors’ Fortnight at the Cannes Film Festival in ­2011.

Alice also directed Happy as Lazzaro (2018), and The Wonders (2014), winner of the Grand Jury Prize at the 2014 Cannes Film Festival.