The Disappearance of my Mother by Beniamino Barrese wins the Art Cinema Award at the Annecy Cinéma Italien
The International Confederation of Arthouse Cinemas is proud to announce that the Art Cinema Award at the Annecy Cinéma Italien goes to The Disappearance of my Mother (La Scomparsa di Mia Madre) by Beniamino Barrese.
La Scomparsa di Mia Madre (The Disappearance of my Mother)
Italy, 2019, 90 minutes
Director: Beniamino Barrese
Director of photography: Beniamino Barrese
Script: Beniamino Barrese
Cast: Benedetta Barzini, Beniamino Barrese, Carlotta Antonelli, Michela De Rossi, Martina De Santis
Production: Nanof, Ryot, Rai Cinema
International Sales: Autlook Filmsales
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
A portrait, made with great sensitivity made only possible by being expressed through a mother-son relationship. The photography of the film is superb and the storytelling of the film is also very well executed. Beniamino Barrese is a director to be watched for his future films.
The jury was composed of:
Maren Wiese, Zoomkino, Brühl, Germany