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El Father Plays Himself
Institute of Contemporary Arts
August 2022
El Father Plays Himself, dir. Mo Scarpelli, Venezuela / UK / Italy / USA / Canada 2020, 106 min., Spanish with English subtitles

When filmmaker Jorge Thielen Armand set out to make a film about the life of his maverick father, who plays himself in the lead role in La Fortaleza, Mo Scarpelli accompanied the film crew to make a behind-the-scenes documentary. With a keen eye for detail and emotion, she documented the shooting of the movie which largely took place in harsh conditions in the Venezuelan jungle. 

In an observational style, Scarpelli presents a close-up view of the father-son dynamics, which – partly due to the stress of the film shoot – swing back and forth between explosive and enviably intimate. Home videos of the young father and son add a moving and poignant layer. 
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