Netflix Aquires “Girl” and “Happy As Lazzaro” – Cannes Award Winners

Although barred from submitting their content at Cannes, Netflix have still walked away purchasing the rights to a couple of award-winning movies shown at this year’s festival. The rights are for North America and Latin America and won’t be available globally.

The first movie is “Girl” which won the Camera d’Or for best first film, the Queer Palm award and was awarded Best Actor for Victor Polster.

Determined 15-year-old Lara is committed to becoming a professional ballerina. With the support of her father, she throws herself into this quest for the absolute at a new school. Lara’s adolescent frustrations and impatience are heightened as she realizes her body does not bend so easily to the strict discipline because she was born a boy.

“Happy as Lazzaro” was awarded Best Screenplay for Alice Rohrwacher – who both wrote and directed the movie.

This is the tale of a meeting between Lazzaro, a young peasant so good that he is often mistaken for simple-minded, and Tancredi, a young nobleman cursed by his imagination. Life in their isolated pastoral village Inviolata is dominated by the terrible ­Marchesa­ Alfonsina de Luna, the queen of cigarettes. A loyal bond is sealed when Tancredi asks Lazzaro to help him orchestrate his own kidnapping. This strange and improbable alliance is a revelation for Lazzaro. A friendship so precious that it will travel in time and transport Lazzaro in search of Tancredi. His first time in the big city, Lazzaro is like a fragment of the past lost in the modern world.

There are no release dates yet but we’ll keep you informed.


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