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Five Men and a Caravaggio

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This documentary is shaped around a large painting by Caravaggio (John in the Wilderness, aka John the Baptist). We view the painting through the question of reproduction. The story follows a copy of this painting made in Shenzhen that then goes to a poet in London, who personally struggles with the painting and the image he sees of himself in it. A group of his artist friends attempt to solve his problem. The events in London are paralleled with a slice of life depiction of a Chinese artisan’s family in Shenzhen, south China, reproducing 'John in the Wilderness'.
Official Selection BFI London Film Festival 2018 - Create Strand - World premiere


Type of film
Running Time
74 mins
Xiaolu Guo
Xiaolu Guo, Stephen Barker
Lizi Hesling
Xiaolu Guo
Director of Photography
Xiaolu Guo
Principal Cast
Vanni Bianconi, Chen Ming, Simon de Reyer

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Last updated 1st October 2018

Production Company

UK, China coproduction

Xiaolu Guo Films
Xiaolu Guo