la chimera

La Chimera

Directed by Alice Rohrwacher
Italy, France, Switzerland / 2023 / Narrative
133 minutes / In English and Italian with English subtitles / FORMAT: DCP

Everyone has their own Chimera, something they try to achieve but never manage to find. For the band of tombaroli, thieves of ancient grave goods and archaeological wonders, the Chimera means redemption from work and the dream of easy wealth. For Arthur, the Chimera looks like the woman he lost, Beniamina. To find her, Arthur challenges the invisible, searches everywhere, goes inside the earth - in search of the door to the afterlife of which myths speak.

In an adventurous journey between the living and the dead, between forests and cities, between celebrations and solitudes, the intertwined destinies of these characters unfold, all in search of the Chimera.

"Clever, ambitious, and funny throughout, but it also works as an intelligent meditation on our attitudes toward life, love, and death." - Peter Sobczynski,

“A joyous, masterful work of folk magic that plays like a discovery dug up from the ground where it has been for centuries, just waiting, in a rebellious reversal of that tragic shrine scene, to burst into full bloom before the gaze of living eyes.” —Jessica Kiang, BFI

“Alice Rohrwacher’s new film is a beguiling fantasy-comedy of lost love: garrulous, uproarious and celebratory in her absolutely distinctive style. It’s a movie bustling and teeming with life, with characters fighting, singing, thieving and breaking the fourth wall to address us directly.” —Peter Bradshaw, Guardian 

Awards & Nominations
Nominee - Palme d'Or, Cannes Film Festival Nominee - Best Feature, Best Ensemble Cast, Chicago International Film Festival Winner - Best Cinematography, Chicago International Film Festival Winner - Audience Award, Best International Fiction, São Paulo International Film Festival