EL FATHER PLAYS HIMSELF
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A father and son return to the Amazon jungle to shoot a deeply personal film. Fiction and reality clash as father plays himself.
Directed by Mo Scarpelli
Produced by Manon Ardisson
Executive Producers - Edward Power, Gordon Culley, Justin Madhany, Bart van den Broek
Associate Producers - Phoebe Hall, Zane Dawood, Joe Torres
Director of Photography - Mo Scarpelli
Editor - Juan Soto Taborda
Sound Designer - Roberta Ainstein
Produced by Ardimages UK, La Faena Films, Rake Films
in association with Channel6 Media, Feverfilm & Tres CinematografÍa
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"Riveting intensity... a tantalizing house of mirrors."
— The Hollywood Reporter
"A deeply human portrayal"
"Sincerely one of the best films of 2020."
"Exquisite... one of the best documentaries
about the power of filmmaking ever made."
"Provocative... a richly textured experience"
"An exorcism of ghosts, lies and absences... but also a hopeful message about the limits of art
and that the possibilities created by cinema are the absolute protagonist of our lives."
" A fascinating study of the extent to which filmic truth can be pushed."
— UK Film Review
"Sure to fascinate and hypnotize audiences alike"
— Film Inquiry
"An utterly compelling insight into the dynamics of a father and son relationship,
as well as masculine performativity."
"Scarpelli’s eye is never intrusive, always empathetic,
yet it never feels as if she’s holding back, as if she’s missing anything."
"The intense work of emotional excavation joins reflection...
on the fragile border between reality and fiction."
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