Cannes Film Fest 2018: Happy as Lazzaro–Highlight

Netflix acquires 2018 Cannes Film Fest Award Winner Happy As Lazzaro for North America and Latin America

Happy as Lazzaro premiered in competition and was awarded Best Screenplay for Alice Rohrwacher


  • Alice Rohrwacher was awarded Best Screenplay for Happy as Lazzaro (it was a tie with Nader Saeivar for 3 Faces)

  • Synopsis:

  • Lazzaro, a young peasant, so good-hearted that he is often mistaken for simple-minded, meets 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.

  • The evolving friendship is so precious that it will  travel in time and transport Lazzaro in search of Tancredi.  Indeed, at his first time in the big city, Lazzaro is like a fragment of the past lost in the modern world.

  • Writer & Director:  Alice  Rohrwacher

  • Cast:  Adriano Tardiolo, Luca Chikovani, Alba Rohrwacher, Agnese Graziani, Tommaso Ragno, Sergi Lopez, Natalino Balasso, Gala Othero Winter, David Bennent, Nicoletta Braschi.

  • Producer: Carlo Cresto-Dina

  • Co-producers: Tiziana Soudani, Alexandra Henochsberg, Grégory Gajos, Arthur Hallereau, Pierre-François Piet, Michel Merkt, Michael Weber, Viola Fügen

  • Production Companies: A Tempesta production with Rai Cinema in co-production with Amka Films Prods., Ad Vitam Production, KNM, Pola Pandora, RSI Radiotelevisione Svizzera, ARTE France Cinéma, ZDF/ARTE

    About Alice Rohrwacher:

Alice Rohrwacher directed Le Meraviglie (The Wonders), winner of the Grand Jury Prize at the 2014 Cannes Film Festival.

Born in 1981 in Fiesole, she studied in ­Turin and ­Lisbon.  She has worked in ­music and ­documentary projects.  She has also worked as an editor and composer for theatre.  Her first feature Corpo Celeste world premiered in the Directors’ Fortnight at the 2011 Cannes Film Fest.