RAKE FILMS

EL FATHER PLAYS HIMSELF


105 minutes
Venezuela | Italy | UK | USA


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, Rodrigo Michelangeli
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

Distribution with Grasshopper Film (North America)
and with support from Torino Film Lab Audience Design Fund & Creative Europe MEDIA (Europe & Latin America)


"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

"A fascinating, tragicomic mirror play about a complex but loving relationship"
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— de Volkskrandt

" A fascinating study of the extent to which filmic truth can be pushed."
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— UK Film Review 

"Exquisite... one of the best documentaries

about the power of filmmaking ever made."
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— Toisto

"An exorcism of ghosts, lies and absences.

— Escribiendocine

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FESTIVALS & AWARDS


51° Visions du Réel 

* Special Mention for Best International Film

IDFA

* Best of Festivals Selection

42° Cairo International Film Festival

* Special Screenings Selection

60° Krakow Film Festival

* International Competition Selection

Dokufest Kosovo

* International Competition Selection

37° Festival de Cine de Bogotá 

* Best Documentary on Art Award

PerSo Film Festival

* Special Mention  for  Perso Award

Cucalorus Film Festival

* Opening Night Film

Transcinema Peru

*Trans-Andes Competition Selection

DOC NYC

* Official Selection & Encore Selection

Santiago Intl Film Festival (SANFIC16)

* Directors in Focus Selection

Festival de cinéma de la ville de Québec

Maryland Film Festival

29° Festival Biarritz Amérique Latine

Golden Apricot Yerevan International Film Festival

Festival Internacional de Cine y Memoria Común de Nador (FICMEC), Morocco

San Fransciso IndieFest


** Awarded the Torino Film Lab Audience Design Fund 2020
** Nominated for the Doc Alliance Selection Award 2020

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PRESS INQUIRIES

Maria Tuccini
hello@rakefilms.com
+39 349 330 3952

FESTIVALS + SALES

Phoebe Hall
phoebejbhall@gmail.com
+44 788 786 7400


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"Provocative... a richly textured experience"
— Screen International

"Sure to fascinate and hypnotize audiences alike"
— Film Inquiry

"Shocking and moving"
FilmKrandt

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

"Affection and pain for lost time, with the jungle as a silent witness..."
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Trouw

"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

"Unfiltered and profound"
— Clapper UK

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