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La Chimera

La Chimera

Original name: La Chimera
English name: La Chimera
Year: 2023
Run time: 130 Min
Language: Italian, English
Type (Colour/ Black & white): Colour
Country: Italy, France, Switzerland
Director: Alice Rohrwacher
Producers: Carlo Cresto-Dina
cast: Josh O′Connor, Isabella Rossellini, Carol Duarte, Alba Rohrwacher, Vincenzo Nemolato
Screenplay: Alice Rohrwacher
Cinematographer: Hélène Louvart
Editor: Nelly Quettier
Sound Designer: Xavier Lavorel
Production Company:tempesta, Ad Vitam, Amka Films Production, RAI CINEMA
World Sales: The Match Factory


  • Cannes: Main Competition 2023
  • Toronto IFF 2023
  • Busan IFF 2023
  • Karlovy Vary IFF 2023
  • Chicago IFF 2023
  • MAMI Mumbai 2023

Director’s Selected Filmography:

  • 2018 Happy as Lazzaro
  • 2014 The Wonders
  • 2011 Heavenly Body

Director's Biography:

 Alice Rohrwacher

Alice Rohrwacher was born in Pieve di Teco, Italy, and educated in Turin, Italy, and Lisbon, Portugal. Rohrwacher′s debut film, Heavenly Body (2011), was invited to Directors’ Fortnight at Cannes and the Sundance FF. Her second feature, The Wonders (2014), won the Grand Prix at Cannes, and her third feature, Happy As Lazzaro (2018), received the Best Screenplay award at Cannes. La Chimera was screened in the main competition at 2023 Cannes, and has subsequently been invited to various prestigious international film festivals.


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.