May 17, 2024

'La Chimera,' 'Problemista' opening at the Ross

Tilda Swinton and Julio Torres in Problemista

Tilda Swinton (right) and Julio Torres star in "Problemista."

Two new films open May 17 at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln’s Mary Riepma Ross Media Arts Center.

Trailer for "La Chimera"

Premiering to major success at the 2023 Cannes Film Festival, Alice Rohrwacher’s rule-breaking and magical “La Chimera” uncovers a world of wonders just below the surface.

Every character in the film chases 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, “La Chimera” means redemption from work and the dream of easy wealth. For Arthur, “La 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 “La Chimera.”

“La Chimera” is a mesmerizing ode to the fragility of the beautiful things in life, and a cautionary tale about how easily they can be lost. The film is not rated and shows through May 30.

Trailer for "Problemista"

In “Problemista,” Alejandro (Julio Torres) is an aspiring toy designer from El Salvador, struggling to bring his unusual ideas to life in New York City. As time on his work visa runs out, a job assisting an erratic art-world outcast (Tilda Swinton) becomes his only hope to stay in the country and realize his dream. From writer/director Julio Torres comes a surreal adventure through the equally treacherous worlds of New York City and the U.S. immigration system.

“Problemista” is rated R and is showing through May 23.

Learn more about the films, including show times and ticket availability.