The Disappearance of My Mother (Storia de B.—La scomparsa di mia madre)
Directed by Beniamino Barrese
Benedetta Barzini wants to disappear. An iconic fashion model in the 1960s, she became a muse to Andy Warhol, Salvador Dalí, Arthur Penn, and Richard Avedon. As a pioneering feminist in the 1970s, she fought for the rights and emancipation of women. By at the age of 75, however, she is fed up with the roles life has imposed upon her and decides to leave everything and everyone behind and disappear to a place as far as possible from the gaze of the camera. Only her son, Beniamino, is permitted to witness her journey.
Having filmed her since his childhood (despite her resistance), Beniamino now wants to make a film about his mother to keep her close for as long as possible–or, at least, as long as his camera keeps rolling. The making of the film turns into a battle between mother and son, a stubborn fight to capture the ultimate image of Benedetta–that of her liberation.
A selection of the Sundance Film Festival. 2019, Italy, DCP, in Italian with English subtitles, 94 minutes. Recommended for ages 16+.