a film by Alice Rohrwacher

Italy; Switzerland; France 2023; 100′; o.v. Italian

Festivals & Prizes

76th Festival de Cannes – World Premiere


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.

  • A joyous, masterful work of folk magic (Sight and Sound)
  • The Charismatic Josh O’Connor in a soulful performance (W Magazine)
  • Magical Brilliance (First Showing)
  • A lush and lived-in adventure that beats Indiana Jones at his own game (Indiewire)
  • Invigoratingly strange and lyrical film (Hollywood Reporter)
  • A poignant excavation of romance and memory, featuring The Crown actor in his most stunning role yet (Vogue)
  • A magical tale of stolen antiquities and lost love (Next Best Picture)
  • Another enchanting modern myth from Alice Rohrwacher (The Playlist)
  • Strange, layered and moving (Los Angeles Times)
  • Alice Rohrwacher’s most accomplished work (Awards Watch)
  • A radiant and melancholy highlight of this year’s Cannes (Associated Press)
  • La Chimera confirms Rohrwacher as a figure absolutely central to the future of cinema (Little White Lies)
  • A marvelously supple and sinus film (Variety)
  • Splendid and Mysterious (Deadline)
  • Another stunning and lyrical countryside parable from Alice Rohrwacher (The Wrap)
  • Particularly magical and melancholy (New York Magazine)


Josh O'Connor; Isabella Rossellini; Carol Duarte; Alba Rohrwacher; Vincenzo Nemolato.
Alice Rohrwacher
Carlo Cresto-Dina for tempesta, Rai Cinema

Ad Vitam Production (France), Amka Films Productions (Switzerland)
In partnership with Arte France Cinema; RSI/SSR SRG

With the support of:
CNC Cinéma du Monde (France) and Federal Office of Culture (FOC)
international sales:
The Match Factory