The Disappearance of My Mother

A Film by Beniamino Barrese

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.

Official Selection, 2019 Sundance Film Festival

“I’ll add to my list of heroines Benedetta Barzini, an Italian 1960s supermodel who became a leftist feminist and mother… One of the most moving and complex films at Sundance.” – Amy Taubin, Film Comment

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

December 6, 2019
Quad Cinema
New York City
December 13, 2019
Laemmle Music Hall 3
Santa Monica, CA
December 19, 2019
Time & Space Limited
Hudson, NY
December 20, 2019
Ryder Film Series
Bloomington, IN
December 27, 2019
Cinematique of Daytona
Daytona Beach, FL
Honolulu Museum of Art
Honolulu, HI
Cinema Salem
Salem, MA
January 3, 2020
Northwest Film Center
Portland, OR
January 10. 2020
Gateway Film Center
Columbus, OH
Harkins Shea 14
Scottsdale, AZ
Guild Cinema
Albuquerque, NM
January 16, 2020
The Film Lab
Detroit, MI
January 17, 2020
Speed Art Museum
Louisville, KY
January 26, 2020
Gene Siskel Film Center
Chicago, IL
February 12, 2020
Boedecker Theater at Dairy Arts Center
Boulder, CO
March 31, 2020
Cleveland Museum of Art
Cleveland, OH

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