La Chimera

BBFC Ratingf-rated FilmLa Chimera

Showing: 10 May 2024 until 30 May 2024

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Tue 21 May 2024
Wed 22 May 2024
Thu 23 May 2024
Fri 24 May 2024
Sat 25 May 2024
Sun 26 May 2024
Mon 27 May 2024
Tue 28 May 2024
Wed 29 May 2024
Thu 30 May 2024

Certificate15
Year2023
GenreDrama, Fantasy, Mystery
Director(s)Alice Rohrwacher
Writer(s)Alice Rohrwacher
LanguageItalian, English
CountryItaly, France, Switzerland
Running Time2HR 11MINS
Extra InfoEnglish subtitles
SeasonMain Programme
Closed Captioning Subtitles for the d/Deaf and hard of hearing on Wed 22 May at 8.45pm and Mon 27 May at 8.25pm

Alice Rohrwacher's (Happy As Lazzaro, The Wonders) La Chimera is a captivating fable of lost love and an ethereal spiritual journey that follows a melancholic British archaeologist caught up in the illegal trafficking of ancient finds.

Riparbella, Tuscany, early ’80s. Arthur (Josh O’Connor) has just been released from prison. Yearning for his old lover, Beniamina, the daughter of an ageing local aristocrat (Isabella Rossellini), he falls in with a group of tombaroli (tomb robbers), a rowdy, Fellini-esque crew of twentysomethings who claim to work as farmers and entertainers, but instead pilfer the area’s ancient burial sites for Etruscan earthenware and ornaments to sell on the black market.

Located halfway between the dead and the living, continuing Rohrwacher’s project of mining and mythologising of her country’s past, La Chimera creates its own wild, improbable fictional space and draws you inside and under its spell. Beautifully shot by Hélène Louvart, this is an ode to the power and fragility of lovely things, and a cautionary tale about how easily they may be lost.