The Disappearance of My Mother

director: Beniamino Barrese

editor: Valentina Cicogna

producer: Filippo Macelloni

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.

90 min
Rise & Shine World Sales / Stefan Kloos
date of release: 
production company: 
RYOT, Rai Cinema