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
Rake Films 
La Faena Films

in association with
Channel6 Media
Feverfilm
Tres CinematografÍa

Distribution by
Grasshopper Film (North America), Picl (Netherlands) Rake Films/Ardimages/La Faena Films (worldwide) with support from the Torino Film Lab Audience Design Fund & Creative Europe MEDIA 

"Riveting intensity...

a tantalizing house of mirrors"

The Hollywood Reporter


"Utterly engrossing"

Sight & Sound


"A deeply human portrayal"

— Variety


"Sincerely one of the best films of 2020"

— Criterion Cast


"Explosive" 

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Little White Lies


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

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
— de Volkskrandt


"A fascinating study of the extent
to which filmic truth can be pushed"

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
— UK Film Review 

"Exquisite... one of the best documentaries
about the power of filmmaking ever made"

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
— Toisto

"An exorcism of ghosts, lies and absences" 
— Escribiendocine

WATCH NOW :

* Now streaming in EUROPE & LATIN AMERICA above or here >


* Now streaming in the 
UNITED STATES & CANADA
with Grasshopper Film here >


PAST FESTIVALS, SCREENINGS & AWARDS


51° Visions du Réel 

* Special Mention for Best International Film

IDFA

* Best of Festivals Selection

24° Festival de Cine de Málaga

* Silver Biznaga Prize for Best Direction

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

37° Festival de Cine Venezolano

* Best Cinematography Award
* Best Director of Photography Award

PerSo Film Festival

* Special Mention for Perso Award

DOC NYC

* Official Selection & Encore Selection

Cucalorus Film Festival

* Opening Night Film

22° Lucania Film Festival, Italy

* Special Mention for Best Feature Film

Transcinema Peru

*Trans-Andes Competition Selection

Santiago Intl Film Festival (SANFIC16)

* Directors in Focus Selection

42° Durban International Film Festival

* International Documentary Feature Competition Selection

Festival de cinéma de la ville de Québec

Maryland Film Festival

29° Festival Biarritz Amérique Latine

Golden Apricot Yerevan International Film Festival

* International Feature Competition Selection

Atlanta Film Festival

* International Feature Competition Selection

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

San Fransciso IndieFest

* International Feature Competition Selection

London Migration Film Festival

Mammoth Lakes Film Festival

* International Feature Competition Selection

Detroit FREEP Film Festival

* International Feature Competition Selection

Cinéfest Sudbury Festival - Canada

* International Feature Competition Selection

Santa Fe Independent Film Festival - USA

* International Feature Competition Selection

St Louis International Film Festival - USA

* International Feature Competition Selection

Garden Route Film Festival - South Africa

* International Feature Competition Selection


** Awarded the Torino Film Lab Audience Design Fund 2020
** Nominated for the Doc Alliance Selection Award 2020
** Longlisted for the British Independent Film Awards (BIFA) 2021 

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PRESS & SALES CONTACT

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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..."
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
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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