RAKE FILMS

EL FATHER PLAYS HIMSELF

105 minutes
Venezuela | Italy | UK | USA

+ 51° Visions du Réel (intl competition)
+ 60° Krakow IFF (intl competition)

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"
— Variety

"Sincerely one of the best films of 2020."

— Criterion Cast


"Exquisite... one of the best documentaries

about the power of filmmaking ever made."
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
— Toisto


"Provocative... a richly textured experience"

— Screen International


"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." 

— Escribiendocine


" 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." 

Feminist Dispatch Magazine

"Scarpelli’s eye is never intrusive, always empathetic, 
yet it never feels as if she’s holding back, as if she’s missing anything."

Frameland


"Fascinating"
Cineuropa

"A deconstruction of the parable of the prodigal son"
Dok.Kiez

"A sort of electrocardiogram of the relationship between life and fiction."

Duels Italy


"The intense work of emotional excavation joins reflection...
on the fragile border between reality and fiction."

Infooggi Italy

"Unfiltered and profound"
Clapper UK



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