Nominee Palme d'Or 2023 Cannes Film Festival
Set in 1980s Tuscany the enchanting new film from Italian director Alice Rohrwacher (Happy as Lazzaro, Perth Festival 2019) follows a lovelorn Englishman who teams with an eccentric gang of tomb robbers to plunder ancient Etruscan artefacts. Led by a revelatory Josh O’Connor (star of The Crown but also seen in God’s Own Country, Perth Festival 2018) and supported by Isabella Rossellini and Alba Rohrwacher, La Chimera is a dream-like romp through Italy’s archaeological and cinematic past.
Rohrwacher’s captivating storytelling is made magical by Hélène Louvart’s exquisite cinematography, which uses richly textured analogue film to lead us through a mind palace teeming with ghosts and treasures. Enchanting, funny, lush and poetic, La Chimera is a modern myth in the making, destined to genuinely transform the way we look at the world.