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Happy as Lazzaro is one of the five titles nominated for Best International Film at the Independent Spirit Awards, the most important prize for independent cinema in the US. Established in 1984, the awards highlight the best in indie cinema, and in the past few years have often anticipated the choices of the Academy by rewarding films like Moonlight, Spotlight, and Birdman. It’s the fourth time in history that Italy lands a nomination for Best International Film, a category in which also English-language films can compete. Previous nominations went to Gianni Amelio’s Lamerica, Matteo Garrone’s Gomorrah, and Paolo Sorrentino’s The Great Beauty. The other nominated films this year are: Shoplifters (Japan), Burning (South Korea), The Favourite (United Kingdom), and Roma (Mexico).

After winning Best Screenplay in Cannes, Alice Rohrwacher’s Happy as Lazzaro has continued its international journey by participating in over 20 festivals all over the world and winning, among others, the Golden Hugo for Best Film in Chicago and the Special Jury Prize in Sitges. The film is also nominated for 4 European Film Awards (Best Film, Best Director, Best Script, Best Actress).

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