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Directed by Alice Rohrwacher
Executive Produced by Martin Scorsese

(Italy - 2018, 130 min)

  • Cannes Film Festival - Official Competition, Nominated for the Palme d’Or, Winner “Best Screenplay”

  • BFI London Film Festival - Official Competition

  • European Film Awards - Four Nominations, including Best Film, Best Director, Best Actress and Best Screenwriter

  • European University Film Awards - Winner “Best Film”

  • Independent Spirit Awards 2019 - Nominated

  • National Board of Review (USA) - Winner “Top Foreign Film”

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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.

WHAT THE CRITICS ARE SAYING:

★★★★★ "It's the best film of the week and probably the year too - Alice Rohrwacher is a modern master” Peter Bradshaw - The Guardian

★★★★★ "a quietly beautiful film, as modest as it is ambitious" - The Independent

★★★★★ "a startling, touching tale of Italy's past and present" - The Telegraphy

★★★★★ “as exhilarating as it is beautiful” - Time Out

★★★★★ “spellbinding modern fairytale“ - The Skinny

★★★★ “sublime and mysterious” - The Guardian

★★★★ “a genuine vision … Rohrwacher is as bold as any filmmaker working today” - Rolling Stone

★★★★ “the Italian fable that will leave you smiling” - Total Film

★★★★ “mesmerising” - Empire

"pure cinematic magic” Sight & Sound

“sparkling” Vanity Fair

“for a movie that mines its most startling jolt out of the concept of time, there is a knowing and ironic sense of timelessness to [this] exquisite pastoral fable” - RogerEbert.com

“this modern fairly tale is an instant classic” NYT Critic's Pick, New York Times

“heady mix of time-bending fabulism with contemporary social critique to gradually exhilarating effect” Variety