Alice Rohrwacher

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Alice Rohrwacher
Alice Rohrwacher at Lisbon Film Festival 2019.jpg
Alice Rohrwacher at Lisbon Film Festival (2019)
Born (1980-12-29) 29 December 1980 (age 40)
Alma materUniversity of Turin
OccupationFilm director, screenwriter, editor
Years active2005–present
RelativesAlba Rohrwacher (sister)

Alice Rohrwacher (Italian: [aˈliːtʃe rorˈvaːker], German: [ˈʁoːɐ̯vaxɐ]; born 29 December 1980) is an Italian film director, editor and screenwriter.

Early life[edit]

Rohrwacher was born in Fiesole, in Tuscany, to an Italian mother and German father.[1] She spent her youth in the village of Castel Giorgio, where her mother was born and her father Reinhard worked as a beekeeper. She is the sister of the Italian actress Alba Rohrwacher.[2] She studied literature and philosophy at the University of Turin and then specialized in screenwriting at the Holden School in Turin.[2]


Her first experience in filmmaking was in 2006, when directing a part of the Italian documentary Checosamanca.

In 2011, she directed her first feature film, Heavenly Body, which premiered at the Directors' Fortnight during the 2011 Cannes Film Festival to critical acclaim.[3][4]

Her second feature film, The Wonders, won the Grand Prix at the 2014 Cannes Film Festival.[5] Also in 2014, Rohrwacher was appointed the President of the International Jury for the “Luigi De Laurentiis” Venice Award for a Debut Film at the 71st Venice International Film Festival.

She announced filming of her third film Lazzaro Felice in 2017 with the film starring Sergi López and Rohrwacher's sister Alba Rohrwacher.[6] The film premiered at the 2018 Cannes Film Festival where it won the award for Best Screenplay. It was released by Netflix in December of that year.

Rohrwacher was invited to serve on the jury for the 2019 Cannes Film Festival.[7]


Bong Joon-ho described her work as "a mix of magic realism and neorealism, innocent characters butting up against corrupt behemoths".[8]


as filmmaker[edit]

Year Title Credited as Notes
Director Screenwriter
2006 Checosamanca Yes Documentary film
2011 Heavenly Body Yes Yes Göteborg Film Festival - International Debut Award
Nastro d'Argento for Best New Director
Nominated—2011 Cannes Film Festival - Caméra d'Or
Nominated—David di Donatello for Best New Director
2014 The Wonders Yes Yes Abu Dhabi Film Festival - Black Pearl Award
2014 Cannes Film Festival - Grand Prix
Munich Film Festival - CineVision Award
2014 9x10 novanta Yes Yes Documentary film (segment: "Una canzone")
2015 De Djess Yes Yes Short film
2018 Happy as Lazzaro Yes Yes 2018 Cannes Film Festival - Best Screenplay Award

Other work[edit]

Year Title Credited as Notes
Director Screenwriter Cinematographer Editor
2005 Un piccolo spettacolo Yes Yes Yes Documentary film
2008 Boygo Yes Short film
Tradurre Yes Documentary film
2009 In tempo, ma rubato Yes Documentary film
Residuo fisso Yes Yes Documentary short
2020 My Brilliant Friend Yes No HBO series - episodes 4 and 5 of the second season
Ad una mela Yes Trailer for the Vienna International Film Festival


  1. ^ "Rassegna stampa Alba Rohrwacher". Retrieved 1 May 2014.
  2. ^ a b Fulvia Caprara (22 April 2011). "Rohrwacher, sorelle d'arte che non-si incontrano mai". La Stampa. Retrieved 1 May 2014.
  3. ^ Smith, Ian Hayden (2012). International Film Guide 2012. p. 154. ISBN 978-1908215017.
  4. ^ "The moon in May". BFI. Archived from the original on 11 February 2017. Retrieved 2 September 2012.
  5. ^ "Awards 2014 : Competition". Cannes. Archived from the original on 27 May 2014. Retrieved 25 May 2014.
  6. ^ Vivarelli, Nick. "Italy's Alice Rohrwacher Shooting 'Lazzaro Felice,' Match Factory Takes World Sales". Retrieved 30 August 2017.
  7. ^ Oldham, Stuart. "Cannes Announces 2019 Jury Members Including Elle Fanning and Yorgos Lanthimos". Retrieved 1 May 2019.
  8. ^ Joon-ho, Bong (25 February 2020). "Bong Joon Ho's 20 upcoming directors for the 2020s". British Film Institute. Retrieved 5 August 2020.

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