El Father Plays Himself

  • 10 10
  • 2020
  • 105min

A young film director travels back to his home country, Venezuela, to create a film based on his estranged father's life in the Amazon, unearthing a tale of addiction, loss, and the transformative power of cinema.


AWARDS: Special Mention. Visions du Réel/ Silver Biznaga. Best Director. Malaga Festival/ Best Art Documentary. Bogota International Film Festival/ Best Cinematography and Best Camera. Venezuelan Film Festival/ Special Mention. PerSo International Film Festival/ Nomination for the Doc Alliance Award 2020

OFFICIAL SELECTIONS: Visions du Réel/ IDFA - Best of Festivals Section/ Krakow International Film Festival/  Cairo International Film Festival/ Biarritz Festival Amérique-Latine/ Maryland International Film Festival/ Cucalorus Film Festival/ DOC NYC/ SANFIC/ Transcinema Festival Internacional de Cine/ DokuFest International Documentary Film Festival/ Golden Apricot Yerevan International Film Festival

El Father Plays Himself - Reconciliation through cinematic exploration.

Jorge, a young film director, returns to Venezuela to make a movie based on his father's life in the Amazon jungle. Jorge gives his father (El Father) the role of playing himself. What begins as an act of love and ambition turns into a process that confronts the father's struggles with addiction and his life without his son. El Father Plays Himself observes how the act of cinema uncovers, unites, heals, and destroys.

Mo Scarpelli
Mo Scarpelli Director

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