Happy As Lazzaro trailer: Cannes award winner arrives on Netflix today
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Netflix's record hasn't been the best in terms of the films they purchase or create, although that has started to change this year. Roma is the big arthouse film they are pinning much of their hopes on during awards season, while they have also given us fantastic titles like Sunday's Illness (a must watch) and a number of highly credible documentaries such Shirkers.
Alice Rohrwacher's Happy as Lazzaro (Lazzaro felice) won the award for Best Screenplay at Cannes earlier in the year, and also played at this year's London Film Festival. It is only the Italian filmmaker's third film but she has already established herself as one of the most respected director's currently working the European circuit. Happy as Lazzaro dropped today on Netflix, and they also provided their first trailer for the film a few days ago.
In the transfiguring and transfixing third feature from Alice Rohrwacher (The Wonders), we find ourselves amid a throng of tobacco farmers living in a state of extreme deprivation on an estate known as Inviolata, with wide-eyed teenager Lazzaro (nonprofessional discovery Adriano Tardiolo) emerging as a focal point. Although this all seems to be taking place at some point in the past (as implied by the warm grain of Hélène Louvart’s 16mm cinematography), a stunning mid-movie leap vaults the narrative squarely into the present day and into the realm of parable.
Rohrwacher writes and directs, with the cast featruing Adriano Tardiolo, Agnese Graziani and Luca Chikovani.
Happy as Lazarro can be watched on Netflix from today, although bizarrely, it seems there is also a UK release date of March 15th 2019 currently set too.