Happy as Lazzaro

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Happy as Lazzaro
Director – Alice Rohrwacher
2018/Italy/Italian with English subtitles
BBFC Classification – 12A

This is the tale of a meeting between Lazzaro, a young peasant so good that he is often mistaken for being 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.

Director – Iring Freytang and Victor Stickel
2016/Germany/No dialogue
HIFF Classification – PG

A child has to leave his hut to collect wood for the fire that went out. The search for suitable wood becomes his life’s work.