Happy As Lazzaro

Join us for this beguiling allegory of love, loss and compassion exploring the troubled soul of Italy.

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.

“Poetic and achingly beautiful, this is a film with a wry and wise vision. The best film I’ve seen this year, I do urge you to seek it out.” – Jason di Rosso, ABC RADIO NATIONAL

“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


Director      Alice Rohrwacher
Cast Adriano Tardiolo
  Luca Chikovani
Country  Italy
Running Time    127 mins
Classification  M



Fri   15   Nov   2.00pm   Thu   21   Nov   2.00pm
Sat   16   Nov    11.30am    Fri   22   Nov   11.30am 
Sat   16   Nov   2.00pm    Fri   22   Nov   7.30pm
Sat   16   Nov    7.30pm   Sun   24   Nov   11.30am
Sun   17   Nov    11.30am    Sun   24   Nov   2.00pm
Sun   17   Nov    2.00pm    Wed   27   Nov   11.30am
Fri   22   Nov  SD  11.30am    Tue   3   Dec   7.30pm
Tue   26   Nov    7.30pm   Sat   7   Dec    2.00pm 
Wed   27   Nov    2.00pm   Thu   12   Dec  SD  11.30am 
        Fri   13   Dec    2.00pm 
        Sat   14   Dec    11.30am 

*OC = Open Caption Sessions
*SD = Spit the Dummy Sessions 

Upper Yarra Arts Centre
Healesville Memorial Hall
The Memo, Healesville & Arts Centre, Warburton
1300 368 333
$14.50 Full / $12.50 Concession / $11 YRFS Member
$9 U15 / Midweek Matinee

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