Italian filmmaker Alice Rohrwacher’s La Chimera completely charmed the Cannes Movie Pageant viewers at its world premiere in competitors this afternoon, receiving a 9-minute standing ovation contained in the Palais’ Lumière theater. For these protecting rating, that ties for the longest of this yr’s occasion with Martin Scorsese’s Killers of the Flower Moon which performed out of competitors.
An emotional Rohrwacher spoke in each Italian and French. Her first remark was “Grazie a tutti” in her native language earlier than segueing to French and recounting that the movie was made amongst pals. She continued, “This movie couldn’t have been performed with out everyone who’s right here and particularly Josh O’Connor.” The 2 then shared an embrace.
La Chimera, as Deadline’s Pete Hammond wrote in his review, is “an journey, an ethereal and non secular journey, a love story even on totally different ranges, and a heist film like no different.”
The middle of motion is about within the Eighties and offers with Italy’s infamous Tombaroli, a gaggle of grave robbers who purpose to stay the straightforward life by taking from the lifeless and digging up and invading cemeteries and tombs to steal treasures from bygone eras hundreds of years previous to promote them off to fences, notably right here the thriller particular person identified solely as Spartaco.
O’Connor performs a foreigner who’s on a mission to maybe uncover a key to the afterlife so he can reunite along with his real love. His distinctive abilities for excavating the previous in different methods results in his affiliation with the Tombaroli.
Rohrwacher, who has gained prizes at Cannes for 2 earlier movies, 2014’s The Wonders (Grand Prix) and 2018’s Completely happy As Lazzaro (Screenplay) and was nominated for an Oscar this yr for her stay motion brief Le Pupille, has carved out a formidable popularity for herself, notably by gatecrashing the boys’ membership that’s historically the Cannes competitors.