LA CHIMERA Luminaries


English expat archaeologist Arthur (Josh O’Connor) has gone to seed. Having relocated to Tuscany in the early 1980s, he fell in love with Beniamina, the daughter of aging local aristocrat Flora (Isabella Rossellini). But Beniamina has died, leaving Arthur a lost soul, though one with the gift of second sight: he can use a dousing rod to locate lost Etruscan tombs and their treasure hoards with uncanny precision. Along with a motley crew of graverobbers, Arthur takes part in finding and selling antiquities illegally to the mysterious local dealer Spartaco, a money-making adventure for the carefree members of the gang, but just a way to keep booze and cigarettes in supply for the morose Arthur. Then he meets Italia (Carol Duarte), the live-in maid and sometime singing pupil of Flora, who might represent romance in the land of the living instead of Arthur’s doom-laden obsession with the underworld. This funny, folkloric, romantic and thought-provoking film from Alice Rohrwacher (HAPPY AS LAZZARO, AFI FEST 2018; LA PUPILLE, AFI FEST 2022) may be her greatest yet. –Todd Hitchcock

Award-winning film director Alice Rohrwacher is best known for THE WONDERS, winner of the Cannes Film Grand Jury Prize, and HAPPY AS LAZZARO, winner of Cannes Best Screenplay. Having directed features, shorts and an opera, Rohrwacher’s latest feature is LA CHIMERA with Josh O’Connor, Isabella Rossellini and Alba Rohrwacher.


Country: Italy, France, Switzerland

Year: 2023

Director: Alice Rohrwacher

Screenwriter: Alice Rohrwacher

Producers: Carlo Cresto-Dina, Paolo del Brocco, Alexandra Henochsberg, Pierre-François Piet, Gregory Gajos

Executive Producers: Eli Bush, Jeff Deutchman, Alessio Lazzareschi, Tom Quinn, Michael Weber

Director of Photography: Hélène Louvart

Editor: Nelly Quettier

Production Designer: Emita Frigato

Costume Designer: Loredana Buscemi

Cast/Featuring: Josh O'Connor, Isabella Rossellini, Alba Rohrwacher, Carol Duarte, Vincenzo Nemolato

Running Time (minutes): 130

Languages: Italian, English