RAKE FILMS

EL FATHER PLAYS HIMSELF
( EL FATHER COMO SÍ MISMO )
  

105 minutes
Venezuela | Italy | UK | USA
51° Visions du Réel 
    Special Mention for Best International Film

A father and son return to the Amazon jungle to shoot a deeply personal film. Fiction and reality clash as father plays himself.

A young film director returns to Venezuela, inspired to make a film based on his father's life in the Amazon jungle. He casts Father to play himself. What starts as an act of love and ambition — filmmaking to more deeply understand the self, and the other — spirals into a process which confronts Father’s struggles with addiction and his life devoid of his son. EL FATHER PLAYS HIMSELF holds a steady lens to the way the act of cinema unearths, binds, heals and destroys.

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

"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 

FESTIVAL / SCREENINGS


+ 51° Visions du Réel 
* Special Mention for Best International Film


+ 60° Krakow Film Festival
* International Competition Selection


+ Dokufest Kosovo
* International Competition Selection
7-22 August


+ Santiago Intl Film Festival (SANFIC16)
16-22 August


+ Festival de cinéma de la ville de Québec
16-20 September


+Transcinema Peru
4-12 December

+ Manarat al Saadiyat CineMAS series, Abu Dhabi


... more announcements coming ! stay tuned.

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MORE PRESS...


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

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

"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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