THE DISAPPEARANCE OF MY MOTHER

IT, US 2019 • 93' • Beniamino Barrese
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Synopsis

Benedetta wants to disappear. An iconic fashion model in the 1960s, she became a muse to Warhol, Dali, Penn and Avedon. As a radical feminist in the 1970s, she fought for the rights and emancipation of women. But at the age of 75, she becomes fed up with all the roles that life has imposed upon her and decides to leave everything and everybody behind, to disappear to a place as far as possible from the world she knows.

Hiding behind the camera, her son Beniamino witnesses her journey. Having filmed her since he was a child in spite of all her resistance, he now wants to make a film about her, to keep her close for as long as possible – or, at least, as long as his camera keeps running.

The making of the film turns into a battle between mother and son, a stubborn fight to capture the ultimate image of Benedetta – the image of her liberation

Quotes

"deeply personal"
The New York Times
"alternately tender and tempestuous"
The Hollywood Reporter
"many wonderfully contentious moments"
The Movable Fest
"It is everything – intimate, indulgent, whimsical, experimental – at once"
Film Companion
"I know it’s only January but so far, this is the best documentary I’ve seen in 2019, and honestly in quite some time. 10 out of 10 stars"
Film Threat
“mesmerizing, tender, painful documentary”
NY times Critic's Pick
“this is one of the best documentaries not just of this winter film season but of 2019 entirely. A genuine “must-see”
CriterionCast
“thought-provoking”
Roger Ebert
“Barzini’s unflinching documentary broadcast as a rebellious glimpse into an exceptional life”
Models.com
“Filmmaking brilliance!” - listed as one of the top 10 docs of the year
The Wrap
“Fascinating”
LA Times

Awards

Grand Jury Prize - Best Documentary Film @ Global Cinema Film Festival of Boston
Special Mention @ Biografilm Festival 2019
D20 Best Feature-Length Documentary @ West Lake International Documentary Festival 2019
Outstanding Achievement in a Debut Feature Film @ Cinema Eye Honors 2020

Trailer



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Credits

Director
Beniamino Barrese
Producer
Filippo Macelloni
Co-Producer(s)
Hayley Pappas
Cinematographer
Beniamino Barrese
Editor
Valentina Cicogna

Festivals

Sundance - World Premiere 2019
CPH:DOX 2019
Cartagena IFF 2019
Global Cinema Film Festival of Boston 2019
Cartagena IFF 2019
Hot Docs 2019
Biografilm 2019
Brussels Festival of Liberties 2019
DocAviv 2019
Frameline 2019
Transilvania IFF 2019
Filmfest München 2019
Shanghai FF 2019
Taipei FF 2019
Bergen IFF 2019
BFI London FF
Göteborg IFF 2020
Black Nights FF
Festival do Rio 2019
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