Beniamino Barrese's "THE DISAPPEARANCE OF MY MOTHER", part of the Documentaries section of the Panorama, will be screened in Zawya on November 9th at 4pm, the screening will be followed by a Q&A with the director.
THE DISAPPEARANCE OF MY MOTHER / La scomparsa di mia madre
Director: Beniamino Barrese
Running Time: 96 MIN
Language: English and Italian
Benedetta Barzini was a revered Italian model who shattered stereotypes by becoming a journalist and professor and gained notoriety by publicly critiquing the fashion industry’s deep-seated misogyny. But now, in her 70s, Barzini’s distaste for the world of images has deepened into an existential crisis. Quietly and without warning, she packs her belongings and tells her son Beniamino she intends to disappear from the material world forever. Alarmed, Beniamino devises a plan he hopes will allow her to confront—instead of flee—the very thing she most distrusts: the camera. By capturing her on film, he intends to salvage his mother’s true essence and preserve her narrative.
Best Documentary Award - Global Cinema Film Festival of Boston
Official Selection - Sundance FF
Official Selection - CPH:Dox
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.