La Chimera

by Alice Rohrwacher

La Chimera


Everyone has their own Chimera, something they try to achieve but never manage to find. For the band of tombaroli, thieves of ancient grave goods and archaeological wonders, the Chimera means redemption from work and the dream of easy wealth. For Arthur, the Chimera looks like the woman he lost, Beniamina. To find her, Arthur challenges the invisible, searches everywhere, goes inside the earth – in search of the door to the afterlife of which myths speak. In an adventurous journey between the living and the dead, between forests and cities, between celebrations and solitudes, the intertwined destinies of these characters unfold, all in search of the Chimera.


Alice Rohrwacher directed Le Meraviglie (The Wonders), winner of the Grand Jury Prize at the 2014 Cannes Film Festival. Born in 1981 in Fiesole, she studied in ­Turin­and­­ Lisbon.­She­has­worked ­in­ music­ and­­ documentary­ projects.­ She­ has­ also worked as an editor and composer for­ theatre.­ Her­ first­ feature­ Corpo Celeste made its world premiere in the Directors’ Fortnight­(Cannes­2011).

2018 Lazzaro Felice (Happy as Lazzaro)
2014 Le Meraviglie (The Wonders)
2011 Corpo Celeste


Josh O'Connor
as Arthur

Isabella Rossellini
as Flora

Alba Rohrwacher

Carol Duarte
as Italia

Vincenzo Nemolato
as Pirro


Writer and director: Alice Rohrwacher
DOP: Hélène Louvart
Editing: Nelly Quettier
Set design: Emita Frigato
Costumes: Loredana Buscemi
Sound design: Xavier Lavorel
Hair styling: Daniela Tartari
Make up: Esmé Sciaroni
Casting director: Chiara Polizzi
Acting coach: Tatiana Lepore
Line producer: Giorgio Gasparini
International casting: Fiona Weir
Production manager: Alessandro Stella
Boom operator: Julien D’esposito
Sound mix: Marta Billingsley
Mix engineer: Maxence Ciekawy
Assistant director: Nicola Scorza
Artistic assistant directos: Tiziana Poli
Script supervisor: Sara Cavani

Technical Data

Original title: La Chimera
International title: La Chimera
Duration: 130 min
Format: DCP
Sound: 5.1
Year: 2023
Original languages: Italian, English
Countries of production: Italy, France, Switzerland
Production Companies: tempesta, Ad Vitam, Amka Films Production, RAI CINEMA
Co-production Companies: n/a
With the support of: Ufficio Federale della Cultura , Ministero della cultura (MiC),  AIDE AUX CINEMAS DU MONDE – CENTRE NATIONAL DU CINEMA ET DE L’IMAGE ANIMEE – INSTITUT FRANÇAIS

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