Italy, Germany, France, Switzerland 2018
After reflecting at length on the origins of stories, which are often about people who, unlike these Lazzaros, impose their own destiny, I felt a strong desire to recount the journey of someone whose actions are overwhelmed by events: actions that are perhaps mistaken, but which nonetheless arise from a sort of unconscious and limitless goodness.
Lazzaro cannot change the world: his saintliness is not recognised. The saints, as we imagine them, must have strength and charisma, and be able to impose themselves. However, I don’t think saintliness is linked to charisma. Instead, I believe that if a saint, with their unlikely martyrdom, were to appear in our modern lives, we may not even recognise them as such. They are someone who is empty, who does not know what it means to triumph as an individual. Someone who is surprised but keeps going when the road ends, if they are told that the road doesn’t end. Someone who believes fully in those around them.
This is how the character of Lazzaro was created. From the desire to recount to the world in the lightest way possible, with love and with humour, the tragedy that has devastated my country: the abandonment of the countryside, the migration of thousands of people who knew nothing of modernity to the fringes of cities, and of how they renounced what little they had to have even less. A tragedy that today is being repeated, in the same way, elsewhere.
2015 - DE DJESS, short
2014 - THE WONDERS
2011 - CORPO CELESTE
2006 - LA FIUMARA, episode of collective doc CHECOSAMANCA
Cast & Crew
Directed by : Alice Rohrwacher
Written by : Alice Rohrwacher
Produced by : Carlo Cresto-Dina, Tiziana Soudani, Alexandra Henochsberg, Grégory Gajos, Arthur Hallereau, Pierre-François Piet, Michel Merkt, Michael Weber, Viola Fügen
Director of Photography : Hélène Louvart
Editor : Nelly Quettier
Production Design : Emita Frigato
Costume Design : Loredena Buscemi
Hair & Make up Artist : Daniela Tartari
Composer : Piero Crucitti
Sound Design : Marta Billingsley
Main Cast : Adriano Tardiolo (Lazzaro), Agnese Graziani (Antonia young), Alba Rohrwacher (Antonia old), Luca Chikovani (Tancredi young), Tommaso Ragno (Tancredi old), Nicoletta Braschi (Marchesa Alfonsina De Luna), Sergi Lopez (Ultimo)
Special Effects Supervisor: Rodolfo Migliari
Nominations and Awards
- EFA Feature Film Selection 2018