The Disappearance of My Mother

Iconic supermodel Benedetta Barzini is exasperated by the camera lens and the world as we know it, but now her son wants to film her escape from it.

Dir Beniamino Barrese
Prod Filippo Macelloni
With Benedetta Barzini
Sales Autlook Filmsales
With partial English subtitles (some scenes are not in the English language)

Barzini, the first Italian to be a Vogue cover model, has had enough. Tired of conforming to patriarchal expectations, the 75-year-old is planning to leave everything, and everybody, behind. However, her son Beniamino, who has been filming her since he was a child, is reluctant to let her go. In lively archive TV debates, Barzini asserts that we live in a world based on male philosophy. Now her battle is against Beniamino’s camera. A political activist since the 1970s, now an academic she encourages her students to question the images and representations that are fed to us. As her son continues to film, Barzini’s fury increases. The Disappearance of My Mother is a moving and intricate portrait of a complex relationship and a bittersweet separation.

Sophie Brown

Festival guests

These members of the filmmaking team are expected to attend the festival:

  • Beniamino Barrese, director; Bertil Nilsson, producer; Benedetta Barzini, cast; Olivia Ross, cast.

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