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La Chimera | Italian Auteurs | St. ALi Italian Film Festival




CAST: Josh O’Connor, Isabella Rossellini, Carol Duarte, Alba Rohrwacher, Vincenzo

LANGUAGE: Italian with English subtitles, English




This captivating new fable of lost love from Alice Rohrwacher (Happy As Lazzaro IFF18, The Wonders IFF14) follows a young British archaeologist who gets caught up in an international network dealing in stolen Italian artefacts.

Tuscany, early 1980s. Arthur (Josh O’Connor, The Crown) has just been released from a short stint in prison. During his earlier studies in the region, he fell in love with Beniamina, the daughter of an aging local aristocrat (Isabella Rossellini), but she is now gone. Arthur has fallen in with the Tombaroli, a rowdy crew of twenty-somethings who pretend to make their living as farmers and entertainers, but instead pilfer the area’s ancient Etruscan tombs for earthenware and ornaments to sell on the black market, hoping to one day strike it rich.

Fresh from a highly successful premiere at the 2023 Cannes Film Festival, Rohrwacher’s rule-breaking, magical film uncovers a world of wonders just below the surface. La Chimera is a mesmerising ode to the fragility of the beautiful things in life, and a cautionary tale about how easily they can be lost.

“Utterly captivating. A movie bustling and teeming with life.”

The Guardian


DIRECTOR: Alice Rohrwacher

Born in 1982 in Tuscany, Alice Rohrwacher is a highly awarded writer and director. Her 2014 feature The Wonders (IFF14) won the Grand Prize of the Jury at the Cannes Film Festival, while her third feature Happy as Lazzaro (IFF18) was awarded Best Screenplay at the Cannes Film Festival.


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  • Organized by: Palace Cinema
  • In collaboration with: Istituto Italiano di Cultura di Melbourne