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SINOSSI

Benedetta vuole scomparire. Modella iconica negli anni 60, musa di Andy Warhol, Salvador Dalì, Irving Penn e Richard Avedon. Femminista radicale negli anni 70, in lotta per i diritti e l’emancipazione delle donne. A 75 anni non ne può più di tutti i ruoli che la vita le ha imposto e decide di lasciare tutto e tutti, per scomparire in un luogo il più lontano possibile dal mondo in cui ha vissuto.

Dietro alla camera, suo figlio Beniamino testimonia questo momento decisivo nella vita di Benedetta. Avendola filmata da quando era un bambino nonostante la sua resistenza, adesso vuole fare un film su di lei, per tenerla vicina il più a lungo possibile o, almeno, finché la sua camera continua a filmare.

La realizzazione del film diventa una battaglia tra madre e figlio, un ostinato tentativo di catturare l’immagine finale di Benedetta, quella della sua liberazione.

PRESS

An alternately tender and tempestuous doc... His obsession and her resistance intertwine, sometimes gently, sometimes explosively. This is a tumultuous muse story in which the artist and his inspiration just happen to be blood relations.
— KEITH UHLICH, THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER
One of several memorable documentaries in this year’s Sundance Film Festival... Deeply personal and shot through with fascinating contradictions, ‘The Disappearance of My Mother’ is a portrait of a woman in rebellion... Barzini is a severe, unsparing critic of the commodification and exploitation of the female body by men, which greatly complicates her son’s insistent, at times intrusive gaze. It also deepens the movie, making the personal ferociously political.
— Manohla Dargis, THE New York Times
Engrossing. I just found Benedetta to be an extraordinarily interesting woman.
— Christopher Campbell, Nonfics
 
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SCREENINGS

Cartagena Film Festival - Colombia

  • March 6 – 11, 2019

Global Cinema Film Festival of Boston - USA - Closing Night Feature Film

  • March 24, 2019 7:00 PM : Studio Cinema

CPH:DOX - Denmark - Dox:Award

  • March 25, 2019 7:45 PM : Empire

  • March 27, 2019 9:30 PM : Dagmar

 
 
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INFO SUL REGISTA

Beniamino studia filosofia alla Statale di Milano, International Political Economy al King’s College di Londra e Cinematography alla National Film and Television School di Beaconsfield, UK. Dal 2011 lavora come DoP, regista e fotografo, realizzando pubblicità, documentari, corti e lungometraggi. “Storia di B. La scomparsa di mia madre” è il suo primo film lungometraggio come regista.

 

THE TEAM

 
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BENIAMINO BARRESE - Director / Cinematographer

Born in 1986, Beniamino Barrese graduated with a degree in Philosophy at Statale di Milano, International Political Economy at King’s College London and later received his MA in Cinematography at the National Film and Television School in Beaconsfield, UK. Since 2011 he has been working as a filmmaker, director of photography and photographer. His work as a DP includes fiction and documentary features, commercials, fashion films, music promos and short films, which have travelled around festivals worldwide. The Disappearance of My Mother is his first feature-length film as a director.

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FILIPPO MACELLONI - Producer

Filippo Macelloni is an award-winning director, producer and writer. His work has played in numerous film festivals and on TV networks across the world. Among his most significant credits are the mockumentary Il Mundial dimenticato - The lost World Cup, co-produced and directed with Lorenzo Garzella, which premiered at the Venice FIlm Festival in 2012; the 2011 documentary Silvio Forever, co-directed with Roberto Faenza, a satirical biopic of former Italian PM Silvio Berlusconi; and the documentary Children Over Time (Rai Teche/Rai Cinema 2016), finalist for the Focal International Awards. With a background in architecture, Filippo is also an accomplished creator of video and art installations and exhibits for museums and institutions in Italy and abroad.

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VALENTINA CICOGNA - Editor

Valentina Cicogna is an editor and screenwriter of feature films and documentaries produced and distributed by the main Italian broadcasters and selected in international documentary festivals such as Cinéma du Réel, Visions du Réel and IDFA. The latest documentary written and edited by Valentina, The Call, premiered at IDFA 2017 and won the Midlength Award at Hot Docs 2018. She teaches in the Masters program at OffiCine, IED's school of cinema, and at CISA, Locarno's school of cinema.

 

 

RYOT Films presents a NANOF Production in association with RAI CINEMA

with the support of MiBACT * DIREZIONE GENERALE CINEMA * SENSI CONTEMPORANEI TOSCANA PER IL CINEMA

A film by BENIAMINO BARRESE

Produced by FILIPPO MACELLONI, BENIAMINO BARRESE

With BENEDETTA BARZINI

Editor VALENTINA CICOGNA

Executive Producers HAYLEY PAPPAS, MATT IPPOLITO, BRYN MOOSER, GIOVANNI STORTI, LORENZO GARZELLA

Cinematography BENIAMINO BARRESE

Additional Cinematography BRIAN FAWCETT

Music Composer AARON CUPPLES

Graphic Designer SAMMY ZARKA

Sound Designer MASSIMO MARIANI

 
 
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PRODUCTION

 
 
 
 

NANOF is an independent production company based in Rome (Italy), founded by filmmakers Filippo Macelloni and Lorenzo Garzella. Its main focus is producing content focused on global interest topics, social and current affairs, culture and art issues, aimed to reach a wide audience.

Since 2001, NANOF has produced documentaries, narrative films, video installations and television projects, developing an extensive network of collaborators internationally, working both in Italy and in co-production with foreign partners.


 
 

RYOT Films is Verizon Media's Emmy Award®-winning, Academy Award®-nominated premium film studio. RYOT Films has produced a slate of critically acclaimed projects that have debuted at Sundance, Tribeca, SXSW, and Hot Docs, among others. RYOT Films’ documentaries have been distributed theatrically with partners from HBO and POV to Showtime, Netflix, Amazon, NatGeo, and ESPN. Highlights include back-to-back Academy Award® nominations for Best Documentary Short Subject for BODY TEAM 12 and WATANI: MY HOMELAND. This year, RYOT Films’ latest projects - feature documentary ON HER SHOULDERS and short-form documentary LIFEBOAT are both currently shortlists for the 2019 Academy Awards®. In 2018, as part of its commitment to funding groundbreaking storytelling, RYOT Films launched a multi-year multimillion dollar equity fund with Vice studios to produce premium documentaries. RYOT Films and their sister company RYOT are divisions of Verizon’s family of media properties, Verizon Media.

 
 
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