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Happy as Lazzaro - Free Movie

Hosted by the Consul of the Sydney Cinema & Theatre Group
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Took place 1 month ago
Wed 04 Dec 19:00 - 21:00

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Italian with English subtitles

Happy as Lazzaro magically prolongs time. Based on a true story where Protected content agricultural workers were discovered labouring under feudal conditions, the film begins on a tobacco estate in central Italy. Lazzaro, a holy fool (untrained actor Tardiolo), lives with a clan of sharecroppers. He becomes mixed up in a scheme to swindle the landowner, Marchesa Alfonsina de Luna, devised by her son Tancredi. Rather than break the cycle of exploitation on the estate, their plan mysteriously catapults Lazzaro to the present. While other characters have aged, Lazzaro remains the same. On the outskirts of a city wracked by financial crisis, the sharecroppers are now a band of homeless thieves. The miracle of this film is the lightness of Rohrwacher’s touch. Cinematographer Hélène Louvart’s sun-flared Super 16mm photography along with spontaneous refrains of Baroque church organ make Happy as Lazzaro a work of rare vision. ‘This modern fairy tale is an instant classic’ – New York Times.

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