United Kingdom 2018, 72 min, English and Chinese, Hebrew & English subtitles
Over 400 years after Caravaggio had painted it, the portrait of John the Baptist lost in self-reflection leads a group of men on the verge of a midlife crisis to contemplate and reexamine their lives. A painter, a poet, a philosopher, a photographer and a writer use the painting in an attempt to find their place in the world and figure out who they are, where they are headed and what they are leaving behind. Acclaimed author and film director Xiaolu Guo moves back and forth between the Chinese artist village of Dafen—where a painter paints an exact copy of the original painting, and London—where four friends gather to discuss the Chinese copy. They are five men at two ends of the world, each one with his own self-reflection to do.
Production: Xiaolu Guo, Stephen Barker
Production Company: Post Primitive Collective
Editing: Lizi Hesling
Xiaolu Guo is a Chinese British filmmaker and novelist. She directed several feature films including SHE, A CHINESE (received the Golden Leopard Award at the Locarno Film Festival). Her memoir NINE CONTINENTS is a National Book Critics Circle Award Finalist 2017. She teaches film and literature in Berlin, Bern and London.