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Excavations Begin with Isabella Rossellini on Alice Rohrwacher’s “La chimera”

Excavations Begin with Isabella Rossellini on Alice Rohrwacher’s “La chimera”

Set to begin production this month, Isabella Rossellini (who currently has five feature films in post) has informally announced that she will be among the players for Alice Rohrwacher‘s upcoming fourth fiction feature film. We are expecting further casting announcements for La chimera to be unveiled soon — production is set for Rome and will likely move to the North in Tuscany shortly after. While the feature could easily be ready for the upcoming 2022 Venice Film Festival edition, we expect Rohrwacher to return to the Cannes competition in 2023. 2011’s Corpo Celeste was an Un Certain Regard selection while 2014’s The Wonders and 2018’s Happy as Lazzaro were prize winners in the comp.

Gist: Set in the 1980s, this is about a group of archaeologists and the black market of historical artifacts.

Worth Noting: Rohrwacher’s last project Futura was selected for the Directors’ Fortnight in 2021.

Do We Care?: Tackling the darker side of the sector, could this be a future criminal enterprise/underbelly portrait Gomorrah type a la Rohrwacher?

Eric Lavallée is the founder, CEO, editor-in-chief, film journalist and critic at (founded in 2000). Eric is a regular at Sundance, Cannes and TIFF. He has a BFA in Film Studies at the Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema. In 2013 he served as a Narrative Competition Jury Member at the SXSW Film Festival. He was an associate producer on Mark Jackson's This Teacher (2018 LA Film Festival, 2018 BFI London). In 2022 he served as a New Flesh Comp for Best First Feature at the 2022 Fantasia Intl. Film Festival. Current top films for 2022 include Tár (Todd Field), All That Breathes (Shaunak Sen), Aftersun (Charlotte Wells).

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