A group of younger people (including Josh O'Connor) stand on the back of a truck in a parade smile and hold out drinks to passers-by. Two men in front of them kiss the driver of the truck on both cheeks, one of them also holding out a drink.

About La Chimera

The new film from Alice Rohrwacher (Happy As Lazzaro, The Wonders) follows a melancholic British archaeologist caught up in the illegal trafficking of ancient finds.

Riparbella, Tuscany, early ’80s. An Englishman in a grimy linen suit, Arthur (a superb Josh O’Connor) has just been released from prison. Yearning for his old lover, Beniamina, the daughter of an ageing local aristocrat (Isabella Rossellini), he falls in with a group of (tomb robbers, a rowdy, Fellini-esque crew of twentysomethings who claim to work as farmers and entertainers, but instead pilfer the area’s ancient burial sites for Etruscan earthenware and ornaments to sell on the black market.

Located halfway between the dead and the living, continuing Rohrwacher’s project of mining and mythologising of her country’s past, La Chimera creates its own wild, improbable fictional space and draws you inside and under its spell. Romantic and wayward, with a wonderful central performance by O’Connor and beautifully shot by Hélène Louvart, it’s an entirely bewitching film.

Booking info

Duration includes trailers, adverts and any Q&A/panel. For events such as NT Live, Colour Box and Reel & Meal there will be minimal advertising. We do not admit latecomers after the main feature has started and we have a limited food & drink policy.

MAC’s cinema programme has been generously supported by BFI Film Audience Network and Film Hub Midlands.

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