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The Wonders: Alice and Alba Rohrwacher

December 04, 2019 – December 23, 2019

The Museum of Modern Art

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Celebrating two visionary careers in contemporary cinema, The Museum of Modern Art and Luce Cinecittà present The Wonders: Alice and Alba Rohrwacher, the first-ever North American retrospective of Italian writer-director Alice Rohrwacher and actress Alba Rohrwacher, screening in MoMA’s Debra and Leon Black Family Film Center December 4–23, 2019. The retrospective is organized by Joshua Siegel, Curator, Department of Film, The Museum of Modern Art, and Camilla Cormanni and Paola Ruggiero, Luce Cinecittà.

Opening the retrospective is the 2018 Cannes Best Screenplay winner Happy as Lazzaro, the third feature film written and directed by Alice Rohrwacher, which also costars Alba Rohrwacher. Hailed as an “instant classic” by The New York Times, the film centers around Lazzaro, a hardworking young farmer who, despite being ordered around by most everyone, maintains a cherubic smile. Befriended by the spoiled son of Lazzaro’s heiress boss, Lazzaro naively joins along with his vengeful pursuit against her. On December 4, Happy as Lazzaro will be introduced by Alba and Alice Rohrwacher. Screening prior to Happy as Lazzaro is the New York premiere of Ginevra Elkann’s directorial debut film If Only (2019), which stars Alba Rohrwacher; both women will introduce the film.


Support for this exhibition is provided by the Annual Film Fund. Leadership support for the Annual Film Fund is provided by Steven Tisch, with major contributions from Jo Carole and Ronald S. Lauder, Association of Independent Commercial Producers (AICP), The Brown Foundation, Inc., of Houston, Marlene Hess and James D. Zirin, Karen and Gary Winnick, and The Junior Associates of The Museum of Modern Art.



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Bella addormentata (Dormant Beauty). 2012. Italy. Directed by Marco Bellocchio.

Corpo Celeste (Celestial Body). 2011. Italy. Directed by Alice Rohrwacher. Courtesy Film Movement

Troppa grazia (Lucia’s Grace). 2018. Italy. Directed by Gianni Zanasi. Courtesy The Match Factory

L’uomo che verrà (The Man Who Will Come). 2009. Italy. Directed by Giorgio Diritti. Courtesy Intramovies

Vergine giurata (Sworn Virgin). 2015. Italy. Directed by Laura Bispuri. Courtesy Photofest

Lo sono l’amore (I Am Love). 2009. Italy. Directed by Luca Guadagnino. Courtesy Magnolia Pictures

Le meravigile (The Wonders). 2014. Italy. Directed by Alice Rohrwacher. Courtesy Oscilloscope Laboratories

Lazzaro Felice (Happy as Lazzaro). 2018. Italy. Directed by Alice Rohrwacher. Courtesy of Netflix

De Djess. 2015. Italy. Written and directed by Alice Rohrwacher. Courtesy Miu Miu

Figlia mia (Daughter of Mine). 2018. Italy, Germany.  Directed by Laura Bispuri. Courtesy Strand Releasing

Cuori affamati (Hungry Hearts). 2015. Italy, USA. Directed by Saverio Costanzo. Courtesy IFC Films

Cosa voglio di più (Come Undone). 2010. Italy/Switzerland/France. Directed by Silvio Soldini. Courtesy Film Movement

Sangue del mio sangue (Blood of My Blood). 2015. Italy/France/Switzerland. Directed and written by Marco Bellocchio. Courtesy The Match Factory

La solitudine dei numeri primi (The Solitude of Prime Numbers). 2010.  Italy/Germany/France. Directed by Saverio Costanzo.  Courtesy Wildside

Glück (Bliss). 2012. Germany. Written and directed by Doris Dörrie. Courtesy Beta Cinema