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THE DISAPPEARANCE OF MY MOTHER PG13
Advisory: Some Coarse LanguageDirector: Beniamino Barrese
Genre: Documentary
Year: 2019
Stars: Beniamino Barrese, Benedetta Barzini
Duration: 94 minLanguage: In Italian with English subtitles

2019 Sundance Film Festival Grand Jury Prize nominee for Best Documentary

“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.” -- The Hollywood Reporter

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.