In less than 10 years, Alice Rohrwacher has carved out a formidable reputation for herself, notably by gatecrashing the boys’ club that is traditionally the Cannes competition, and the fact that she did so in 2014 with only her second film, The Wonders, is further proof of a distinctive talent.
One competition slot doesn’t guarantee another, yet Rohrwacher was back in 2018 with the follow-up, Happy as Lazzaro. Both films won prizes — Grand Prix and Best Screenplay, respectively — which means that expectations are high for the Oscar-nominated 41-year-old Italian, whose new film, La chimera, makes it three in a row. DEADLINE: What can you reveal to us about La chimera? ALICE ROHRWACHER: Nothing! [Laughs] It’s very difficult to talk about the film when you have not seen it, but I can tell you that it’s the story of a group of grave robbers.
We call them tombaroli in Italy, and they do it because some of the world’s most precious artifacts are hidden in Etruscan tombs.
The main character is a British archeologist, played by Josh O’Connor, and the title, La chimera, represents what we aim for and can never reach.Read more on deadline.com