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thumbnail The Disappearance of My Mother (2019 Italy )

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Director: Beniamino Barrese
Carlotta Antonelli, Beniamino Barrese, Benedetta Barzini
94 mins

Benedetta Barzini at the age of 75 wants to disappear. Her desire began when she was quite young. In her teenage diary, Barzini wrote that her mother, who came from a wealthy Italian family, cared only about money and saw her daughter’s beauty as a commodity. Out of spite, Barzini stopped eating. As her anorexia progressed, she found pleasure in watching her body vanish. That body, thin and athletic, and her strong-boned, perfectly proportioned face made her a “supermodel” in the mid-’60s. She became a muse to Warhol, Dali, Pen and Avedon. As radical feminist in the 1970’s, she fought for the rights and emancipation of women. As her son Beniamino witnesses her journey, 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.

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