Wednesday 14 February
10am, 2:30pm, 5pm, 7:30pm
Director Michele Placido
Biography, History, Drama
Italian (English Subtitles)
Italy 1610. Michelangelo, better known as Caravaggio, ignores Catholic Church rulings that dictate how religious subjects are to be represented. Having been informed that he transfigures prostitutes, thieves and vagabonds into saints and Madonnas in his work, Pope Paul V orders the Vatican secret service to investigate, to decide whether to grant the clemency for which Caravaggio has petitioned since being sentenced to death for the murder of a rival in love.
The investigator (Garrel) – known as The Shadow – begins the inquiry that will lead him to discover the conflicting vices and virtues of the artist whose life – or death – lies in his hands.
“This engrossing movie is historical and timely. With artists of all kinds caught in today’s cancel culture, it’s a 17th-century story that remains in the frame” – Stephen Romei, The Australian
“… a rollicking yarn, and will be all the more fascinating for those who knew little about Caravaggio going in” – Mark Demetrius, FILMINK (Australia)