EL FATHER PLAYS HIMSELF
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+ 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 Annie, 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.
Scarpelli has an astute instinct for where to look, and she doesn't look away."
— The Hollywood Reporter
"A deeply human portrayal"
"Sincerely one of the best films of 2020."
— Criterion Cast
"Provocative... a richly textured experience...
offers compelling on-set drama with incidental insights into masculinity on the rails."
— 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."
" Wonderfully crafted ... a fascinating study of the extent to which filmic truth can be pushed.
Certain to upset and unsettle as much as it will inspire debate."
— UK Film Review
"There is a deep vulnerability EL FATHER exudes,
one that is 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."
"Fascinating observations of a filial relationship"
"A deconstruction of the parable of the prodigal son"
"Completely engaging ... a sort of electrocardiogram which examines the function
of the relationship between life and fiction."
"The intense work of emotional excavation joins reflection...
on the fragile border between reality and fiction."
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