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

Cast
Benedetta Barzini

Crew
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 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.

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

PLAYDATES

Venue City Date
Frameline San Francisco 1561262400June 23, 2019
Film Society of Lincoln Center New York 1560139200June 10, 2019
Sundance Film Festival Park City 1548306000January 24 - February 3, 2019


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