Magazine article Screen International

Cannes Screenplay Prize Winner 'Happy as Lazzaro' Gets UK Deal (Exclusive)

Magazine article Screen International

Cannes Screenplay Prize Winner 'Happy as Lazzaro' Gets UK Deal (Exclusive)

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Modern Films takes UK rights to Cannes Competition title.

‘Happy As Lazzaro’

Alice Rohrwacher’s 2018 Cannes Competition title Happy As Lazzaro has scored a UK distribution deal with Eve Gabereau’s Modern Films.

The film won Cannes’ screenplay prize for writer-director Rohrwacher (in a tie with Jafar Panahi and Nader Saeivar for 3 Faces).

Starring Adriano Tardiolo, Luca Chikovani, Alba Rohrwacher and Agnese Graziani, the Italian-language drama is about a young peasant assumed, in his isolated village, to be simple-minded, and a young nobleman cursed by his imagination. Screen’s review described it as ”a delirious brew of modernism, folktale and fabulist invention”.

Netflix previously took North and Latin American rights to the project. The Match Factory is handling international sales. …

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