The Disappearance of My Mother

Directed by Beniamino Barrese

Year: 2019
Running Time: 94
Color Type: Color
Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
Country: Italy
Language: Italian with English Subtitles
Genres: Documentary
Subjects: Women's Studies
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The Disappearance of My Mother

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Benedetta Barzini

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Directed by Beniamino Barrese


Benedetta Barzini 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 is fed up with all the roles that life has imposed on her and decides to leave everything and everybody behind, to disappear to a place as far as possible from the gaze of the camera. Only her son Beniamino is permitted to witness her journey. Having filmed her since he was a child despite 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 – that of her liberation.

Reviews

“A portrait of a woman in rebellion. Makes the personal ferociously political.”

“Entertaining and dextrously crafted.”

A film that both beguiles and unsettles as it salutes a remarkable woman… who has spent a lifetime challenging the influence of the fashion industry and staring down the unflinching gaze of the camera.”

“Touching, emotional, and complicated. Seldom have you seen a documentary with as much soul, as alive, as The Disappearance of My Mother.”

“10 out of 10 stars! This is the best documentary I’ve seen in 2019, and honestly in quite some time.”

"One of the most moving and complex films at Sundance. I'll add to my list of heroines Benedetta Barzini, an Italian 1960s supermodel who became a leftist feminist and mother."



Awards

  • Official Selection – Sundance Film Festival

  • Official Selection – CPH:DOX

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PLAYDATES

Venue City Date
Speed Art Museum Louisville 1579237200January 17 - January 19, 2020
Harkins Shea 14 Scottsdale 1578632400January 10 - January 16, 2020
Gateway Film Center Columbus 1578632400January 10 - January 16, 2020
Laemmle Music Hall 3 Los Angeles 1576213200December 13 - December 19, 2019
Quad Cinema New York 1575608400December 6 - December 12, 2019
Museum of the Moving Image Astoria 1573966800November 17, 2019
Frameline San Francisco 1561262400June 23, 2019
Film at Lincoln Center New York 1560139200June 10, 2019
Sundance Film Festival Park City 1548306000January 24 - February 3, 2019


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