Thursday Cinema
Lazzaro felice [Happy as Lazzaro]

Salt Beyoğlu

October 17, 2019 19.00

Lazzarofelice 2018 <i>Lazzaro felice</i> [Mutlu Lazzaro] (2018) filminden bir kare ©Filmartı
Still from Lazzaro felice [Happy as Lazzaro] (2018) ©Filmartı
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Lazzaro felice [Happy as Lazzaro], 2018
Director: Alice Rohrwacher
125 minutes
Italian; Turkish and English subtitles

This is an Italian 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 contemporary world.

Based on a real case that happened in the 90s, Alice Rohrwacher’s Lazzaro felice [Happy as Lazzaro] (2018) is a satirical look on feudalism, modern slavery, and the nature of the relationship between exploiter and exploited. Celebrating the “sanctity of goodness” and “a religion of humanity,” the film was premiered at Cannes Film Festival where it won the award for Best Screenplay.

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In accordance with Article 7 of Law No. 5224 amended on 18.01.2019,
films that have not been assessed and classified by the General Directorate of Cinema, Ministry of Culture and Tourism of Republic of Turkey, can only be screened under the classification of 18+ at festivals, special screenings or similar culture and arts events.