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.Italian director Alice Rohrwacher won Best Screenplay Award at 2018 Cannes Film Festival.
Happy as Lazzaro, dir. Alice Rohrwacher; Italy, Switzerland, France, Germany; 2018. Cast: Adriano Tardiolo, Agnese Graziani, Luca Chikovani. 125 min, 16+. In French with Russian subtitles.
Reception at 9 pm. We recommend arriving early for the best available seating. Screening begins at 9:45 pm.
The Russian premiere of the film will be held as part of the third international Strelka Film Festival by Okko. The programme includes Russian and Moscow premieres of films from different countries selected by curator Stas Tyrkin. Winners of and participants in international competitions, including festivals in Cannes, Berlinale and Sundance and the Russian Kinotavr, will be presented in a series of eleven film screenings. The festival is supported by Okko, a streaming service that develops projects provoking viewers’ interest in cinema. Its’ collection includes blockbusters, popular series, short films and independent movies. Okko also supports festivals and hold special screenings.The curator of the film festival is Stas Tyrkin: film critic, member of the Moscow International Film Festival selection committee, program director of the Dvijenie festival and curator of the cinema course at the Gogol Center.