Matinees ACMI presents

Happy as Lazzaro

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“As exhilarating as it is sublime”

Time Out (London)

It’s summer at Inviolata, an isolated rural estate where an extended family of tobacco farmers toil under the capricious rule of the Marchesa Alfonsina De Luna (Nicoletta Braschi). Among the team of labourers is the otherworldly and diligent Lazzaro (Adriano Tardiolo) whose open-hearted lack of guile makes him ripe for exploitation.

Alice Rohrwacher’s fable-like film makes an unexpected temporal leap mid-narrative that propels the story to the present day. This deeply affecting parable recalls the achingly humanist work of Robert Bresson and Pier Paolo Pasolini.