Caravaggio Film Screening - Session 3


Presented in a new 2014 version, digitally remastered at 2K by the BFI National Archive

Film Screening
Caravaggio (UK, 1986, Dir: Derek Jarman, 93mins*)

Registration at 12.45 pm
Film screening from 1.00 pm to 2.33 pm


Derek Jarman struggled for seven years to bring his portrait of the seventeenth-century Italian artist Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio to the screen. The result was well worth the wait, and was greeted with critical acclaim: a freely dramatized portrait of the controversial artist and a powerful meditation on sexuality, criminality and art – a new and refreshing take on the usual biopic.

The film centers on an imagined love triangle between Caravaggio, his friend and model Ranuccio, and Ranuccio’s low-life partner Lena. Conjuring some of the artist’s most famous paintings through elaborate and beautifully photographed tableaux vivants, these works are woven into the fabric of the story, providing a starting point for its characters and narrative episodes.

Caravaggio features wonderful performances from Nigel Terry, Sean Bean, and, in her first role, Tilda Swinton, who was to become Jarman’s muse and long-time collaborator. A visual treat, it was the first major film production for award-winning costume designer Sandy Powell, with luscious production design by Christopher Hobbs.

*Not suitable for young persons and children

The film screening is co-presented with 

Event Details

Sun 13 Apr 2014
1 - 2:33 p.m.
9 Justice Drive, Admiralty, Hong Kong
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Free admission; Online Registration Required
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