Mention spéciale du jury au Festival Visions du réel - 2020
Krakow Film Festival - 2020
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 Como Sí Mismo holds a steady lens to the way the act of cinema unearths, binds, heals and destroys.
Mo Scarpelli is an Italian-American director and cinematographer of non-fiction cinema. Her debut documentary hybrid film Anbessa screened at the 69th Berlinale, where it was nominated for the Glashütte Documentary Prize and the Crystal Bear; the film also screened at IDFA, Hot Docs, FICCI, DOC NYC, Durban Intl Film Festival (Honorary Mention for Best Documentary) and others. The film broadcast on ARTE in France and ZDF Germany. Mo’s first codirected feature documentary Frame By Frame screened at more than 120 festivals where it garnered over a dozen jury and audience awards, as well as a Cinema Eye Honors nomination. Mo is a selection of Berlinale Talents and has received fellowships from the New America Foundation and the International Women in Media Foundation.
El Father Como Sí Mismo
United States, United Kingdom, Italy, Venezuela