The Disappearance of My Mother
With director Beniamino Barrese and Benedetta Barzini in person
Dir. Beniamino Barrese. 2019, 96 mins. DCP. A former model who became a muse to Warhol, Dali, Penn and Avedon, Benedetta Barzini is a fiercely independent woman who declares herself done with public life, and threatens to retreat entirely into obscurity. Yet her wishes are actively thwarted by her son, the film’s director Beniamino Barrese, who tries to deepen his relationship to her through the lens of his camera. Antagonistic and bracingly personal at the outset, this formally daring documentary blossoms into a meaningfully collaborative work, reflecting on the gulf between self and self-image.