documentary feature
in post-production
Venezuela / Italy / UK

An exiled Venezuelan director returns home to make a fiction film based on his own self-destructive father, who is cast to play himself. Father and son venture to the Amazon jungle to reenact the father's crazy misadventures of the past in illegal gold mining. Meant to bring them together, the film begins to conjure Father's deep-set pains of the present and a future devoid of his son. Their extremely personal approach to filmmaking spirals into something that could tear them apart forever.

FATHER PLAYS HIMSELF explores the irreparable estrangement of migration as well as the limits of cinema in the representation of ourselves and those we love.

Directed by Mo Scarpelli

Producer - Manon Ardisson
Executive Producers - Edward Power, Gordon Annie, Justin Madhany
Assoc Producer - Zane Dawood
Dir of Photography - Mo Scarpelli
Editor - Juan Soto Taborda

Produced by La Faena Films, Ardimages UK, Rake Films, Channel6 Media

"There comes a time when one must choose between contemplation and action. This is called becoming a man. Such wrenches are dreadful. But for a proud heart there can be no compromise." 

— Albert Camus, The Myth of Sisyphus

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