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La Chimera

La Chimera
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Today – Sat 25 May

Why watch?

It’s a treasure of a film with such an unusual style and plot. Aesthetically, the fact that it’s filmed in Italy means it was always destined to be a beauty. But it’s even more of a beauty thanks to some of the choices made by the director, Alice Rohrwacher, and cinematographer, Hélène Louvart. Every frame is packed with stories, from the people in the shots to the detailed frescoes and decaying treasures. Another choice that makes the film burst with life is the use of music which ranges from a fantastic folk balladeer who is a key narrator, to the more futuristic Kraftwerk. It is full of adventure and left me with a real sense of wonder and an appetite for more of the magic Rohrwacher is capable of.

Martha Boyd,

Digital Marketing Coordinator
Alice Rohrwacher's follow up to Happy as Lazzaro (2018), is full of life and wonder as it explores modern and ancient Italy.
Drama • Magical • Gentle

After being released from prison, Arthur returns home to be welcomed back to his gang of tombaroli, graverobbers who traffic the ancient artefacts they steal from the dead. Arthur has the ability to divine where lucrative graves are located, but he, his band and his extended family are all in search of something more, something that's maybe out of reach.

La Chimera is many things, part caper, part love story, part metaphor for modern Italy and so much more. Alice Rohrwacher once again returns to characters on the margins, unearthing intertwining stories of the ancient and the modern. It's a film bursting with energy, life; poignant, anarchic and magical.

Details

Duration
2hrs 13mins
Director
Alice Rohrwacher
Featuring
Josh O'Connor • Isabella Rossellini • Alba Rohrwacher
Year
2023
Country of origin
Italy • France • Switzerland
Language
Italian • with English Subtitles
Strobe lighting
No
Content guidance
No content warnings identified
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