Postponed: Berwick Film Society: Happy as Lazarro


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NOTE: In light of the most recent Government announcement, BFS feels it must cancel Happy as Lazarro and the subsequent filmshows planned for the remainder of this current BFS season. We apologise for any inconvenience. Please contact Box Office at for more information on bookings.

In a corner of rural Italy seemingly frozen in time, a community of peasant workers on a tobacco estate endure almost feudal conditions.

Among them is Lazzaro, a guileless youth with the features of a saint, who uncomplainingly does the bidding of
those around him, including spoilt Tancredi, son of the cruel landowner Marchesa. Is Lazzaro simply a naïve underling, or does his innocence prove too good for the world around him?

This enigmatic fable unfolds with a touch of the magical and hints of pagan myth alongside its biblical references. Yet it remains rooted in hard-edged realism about the eternal lot of the dispossessed, while never abandoning an underlying note of wonder and hopefulness.

“Happy as Lazzaro could be a biting social commentary, a religious parable or a beguiling, supernatural tale. Perhaps it is all three” Alexandra Pollard, The Independent

“One of the freshest films of the year” Jonathan Romney, Film Comment