Director: Alice Rohrwacher
Cast: Adriano Tardiolo, Agnese Graziani, Alba Rohrwacher, Luca Chikovani, Tommaso Ragno
Language: In Italian with English subtitles
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Beloved by audiences and critics at Cannes (where is was awarded Best Screenplay), Alice Rohrwacher’s beautiful, much-anticipated new film is a beguiling allegory of love, loss and compassion explorying the troubled soul of Italy.
It is summer at Inviolata, an isolated rural estate, where an extended family of tobacco farmers toil under the rule of a domineering Marchesa, and where the handsome and hard-working Lazzaro, a young man imbued with a saint-like innocence, is alternately adored and taken advantage of. When the Marchesa’s self-absorbed son, Tancredit first visits the fields, he senses an opportunity, and embroils Lazzaro in an audacious plan to swindle his mother.
Channelling the spirit if Pasolini, Rohrwacher’s fascinating tale casts an ethereal, wondrous spell, and confirms her status as one of the most inventive and compelling voices in contemporary Italian cinema.
WINNER Best Screenplay, Cannes Film Festival 2018
OFFICIAL SELECTION New Zealand International Film Festival 2018
OFFICIAL SELECTION Munich International Film Festival 2019
The Academy Gold, Christchurch
Thursday 13 June, 7.45pm
Suter Gallery, Nelson
Monday 17 June, 3.50pm
Tuesday 25 June, 6.00pm