PLOT : The film explores the intricate and adventurous existence of Michelangelo Merisi, aka Caravaggio, already a pop star in his time, told in his profound contradictions and in the darkness of his impenetrable torment. Rebellious and restless, devout, and scandalous, independent, and transgressive, the Caravaggio that Placido stages is a cursed artist of absolute talent, but above all a rock star ante litteram, a rebel without a cause forced to face the disturbing implications of a reckless life - with its women and demons - in which genius and unruliness coexist to give us a timeless character and a fascinating and universal icon.
Michele Placido. is an Italian actor, director, executive producer, writer, screenwriter, editor, art director. He was born on 19 May 1946 in Ascoli Satriano (Italy). He began his career on stage, and first gained mainstream attention through a series of roles in films directed by the likes of Mario Monicelli and Marco Bellocchio, winning the Berlinale's Silver Bear for Best Actor for his performance in the 1979 film Ernesto. He is known internationally for portraying police inspector Corrado Cattani on the crime drama television series La piovra (1984– 2001). Placido's directorial debut, Pummarò, was screened “Un Certain Regard” at the 1990 Cannes Film Festival. In 2006 he received the best screenplay award at the David di Donatello for the film Romanzo criminale. From 1976 to 2006 Michele Placido won five awards: David di Donatello (1976, 2006), Berlin Film Festival (1979), Nastri d'Argento (1976, 1985). In 2021, Placido was appointed President of the Teatro Comunale in Ferrara.
Length 2h 0min
Riccardo Scamarcio, Micaela Ramazzotti, Louis Garrel,
Distribution Wild Bunch International
Production Goldenart Production, Charlot, Rai Cinema, Le Pacte, MACT Productions, Indéfilms 6, in collaboration with Palatine Étoile 18, Cinéaxe 2, Cinécap 4, Canal+, Ministero della Cultura (MiC), Film Commission Regione Campania, Film Commission Regione Campania (support)