La Chimera

Wonderful, fairy-tale drama by Alice Rohrwacher (Lazzaro Felice, Le Meraviglie) about the fortunes of a young archaeologist who becomes entangled in the web of the tombaroli, illegal robbers of Etruscan tombs.
Please note that this film is in Italian and English, with Dutch subtitles.
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LA CHIMERA is a dream-like romp through Italy’s archaeological and cinematic past. Set in 1980’s Tuscany, the film follows a vaudeville-esque group of tomb raiders seeking out relics of the Etruscans with the help of Arthur, a linen-clad English prodigy.

A former archaeological scholar with phenomenal luck locating antiquities using a dowsing rod, Arthur was drawn to the region by his long-lost love Beniamina, who is now all but a mirage. When we first see Arthur, he is newly released from an Italian prison and he reunites shortly after with his ragtag crew. The prospects of hitting the proverbial jackpot and making the big sale to an infamous trafficker are on the horizon. When the company unearths a fifth-century relic of invaluable worth, the dark side of plundering the past comes into focus, and the question of who it belongs to – everyone or no one? – is raised.

LA CHIMERA leads us through a mind palace teeming with ghosts and treasures, while invoking the likes of Pasolini, Fellini, Olmi, and the Taviani brothers. The layered weight of the ages is felt with nods to Italy’s rich cinematic history. Adding to the utter charm of Rohrwacher’s captivating storytelling, Hélène Louvart’s images, which alternate between 35mm, Super 16, and 16mm, cradle us between the waking and sleeping worlds. A treasure.

Alice Rohrwacher, Italy, Switzerland, France, 2023, 130 min. Italian & English spoken, Dutch subtitles. With Josh O’Connor, Isabella Rossellini, Alba Rohrwacher, Carol Duarte, Vincenzo Nemolato.