The Disappearance of My Mother

Κατάλογος Αφιερώματος
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  • Greek Title Η εξαφάνιση της μητέρας μου
  • English Title The Disappearance of My Mother
  • Original Title La scomparsa di mia madre
  • Year: 2019
  • Genre: Documentary
  • Country: Italy
  • Duration: 94'
  • Director / Scriptwriter: Beniamino Barrese
  • Cinematography: Beniamino Barrese, Brian Fawcett
  • Editing: Valentina Cicogna
  • Music / Score: Aaron Cupples, Miguel Miranda & Jose Miguel Tobar
  • Sound: Massimo Mariani
  • Cast: Benedetta Barzini
  • Production: NANOF production
  • Co-production: RAI CINEMA
  • Awards: Sundance Film Festival (World Cinema Documentary Competition)
  • Color: Color
  • Audio: Sound
  • Language: Italian
  • Format: Μη διαθέσιμη πληροφορία
  • Subtitles: Greek
  • Print Source: Autlook Filmsales


Benedetta Barzini, an iconic fashion model in the 1960s, 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. He films her since he was a child in spite of all her resistance. 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.

Beniamino Barrese

Beniamino Barrese (Milan, 1986) 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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