La Chimera15

Directed by Alice Rohrwacher | Italy | 2023 | 2h 11m | Italian w/ English subtitles | Starring Josh O’Connor, Isabella Rossellini, Carol Duarte, Vincenzo Nemolato, Alba Rohrwacher

In 1980s Tuscany, English archaeologist Arthur joins a motley crew of tomb raiders who search for Etruscan artefacts to peddle on the black market. Arthur appears to possess a gift for sensing valuable items buried beneath the earth, a talent which also allows him to connect with his personal history as well as the ghosts of antiquity. British actor Josh O’Connor (Challengers, The Crown) gives a magnificent lead performance in Alice Rohrwacher’s (Happy As Lazzaro) enchanting, metaphysical folk tale of lost love and the conflict between ancient history and the present.


‘It stirs up a fierce protectiveness in the viewer. Treasure this now, hold it, turn it, and examine it from all sides, or it may slip beyond your grasp.’
Clarisse Loughery, The Independent

‘Not just great, but expansive: it shows new ways a movie can be.’
Esme Holden, Little White Lies

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We showed La Chimera between May 31, 2024 and June 13, 2024.

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