While Jorge left Venezuela as a child, his father remained there. In a country that he struggles to recognise, the son is now directing a fictional film (La Fortaleza, Jorge Thielen Armand) about the troubled past of this genitor in the illegal goldmines of the Amazonian jungle. With determination, El Father Plays Himself draws a portrait of a complex filial relationship and shifting power balance.
- Special Mention (International Competition) - Visions du Réel
- International Competition - Krakow IFF
- International Competition - DokuFest
- Directoras en Foco - SANFIC
- Mo Scarpelli
- Juan David Soto Taborda
- RAKE FILMS
- LA FAENA FILMS
Riveting intensity... a tantalizing house of mirrors. Scarpelli has an astute instinct for where to look, and she doesn't look away.
Documentary tracks the Amazon shoot of ‘La Forteleza’, bringing to mind Kinski and Herzog’s adventures of yore
Exquisite... one of the best documentaries about the power of filmmaking ever made.
A deeply human portrayal.
Sure to fascinate and hypnotize audiences alike
Filmmaking gives me the means to shut up and listen, to watch, to suspend judgement unlike any other moment in my life.
Mo Scarpelli is an Italian-American director and cinematographer of non-fiction cinema. After completing a Bachelor's in Journalism at the University of Missouri-Columbia, her debut documentary feature FRAME BY FRAME (2015) screened at SXSW 2015, BFI London FF, Hot Docs (Audience Top Ten), and over 100 other festivals, garnering over a dozen awards as well as a Cinema Eye Honors nomination. Her film ANBESSA (2019) was nominated for both the Crystal Bear and the Glashütte Documentary Prize at the 69th Berlinale. Mo is a Berlinale Talent, a two-time recipient of Catapult Film Fund support, and has received fellowships from the New America Foundation and International Women in Media Foundation. She was awarded Best Director at MountainFilm Telluride, received the Speranza Foundation Female Filmmaker Award along with the Lena Sharpe Award for Persistence of Vision. Her latest film EL FATHER PLAYS HIMSELF (2020), shot in Venezuela, premiered and received a Special Mention for Best International Feature Film Competition at the 51st Visions du Réel. She is based in Rome.