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Delphine et Carole, insoumuses

Delphine and Carole

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In the 1970s, legendary actress Delphine Seyrig could be seen on the big screen as a singing fairy, a lesbian vampire, an ethereal ambassador’s spouse, and a potato-peeling housewife. She was active as a feminist at the same time, which equally meant taking the camera into her own hands. Along with Carole Roussopoulos, she was one of the first video activists in France, not only documenting protests by the French women’s movement, but also using the new medium to counter the dominant representation of women on TV and elsewhere with their own images and commentaries. As part of this project of narrating their own stories, they held video workshops too and founded the feminist archive Centre audiovisuel Simone de Beauvoir. Making use of a generous selection of excerpts from feminist works by the video groups “Les Insoumuses” and “Video Out” as well as from talk shows featuring Simone de Beauvoir, Marguerite Duras, and Chantal Akerman among others, this film both writes a chapter in the history of feminism and traces the beginnings of a creative political practice that used boldness, humour, and subversion to unite collective action, media intervention, and archival documentation.

by
Callisto Mc Nulty

France / Switzerland 2019

French

Documentary form
70’ · Colour & Black/White

World premiere

Crew

Director
Callisto Mc Nulty
Screenplay
Callisto Mc Nulty, Alexandra Roussopoulos, Géronimo Roussopoulos
Editing
Josiane Zardoya
Music
Manu Sauvage
Sound Design
Philippe Ciompi
Sound
Philippe Ciompi
Producers
Sophie de Hijes, Les films de la butte, Nicolas Lesoult, Les films de la butte, Britta Rindelaub, Alva Film, Nicole Fernandez Ferrer, Le Centre audiovisuel Simone de Beauvoir, Sylvie Cazin, Ina – Institut national de l'audiovisuel

Biography

Callisto Mc Nulty

Born in Paris, France in 1990. She studied Culture, Criticism and Curation, and Gender Studies. She works as an author, filmmaker, translator and curator.

Filmography

2017 Éric’s Tape; 70 min., co-directed by Anne Destival 2019 Delphine et Carole, insoumuses (Delphine and Carole)

Bio- & filmography as of Berlinale 2019

Produced by

Les films de la butte
filmsdelabutte.com

Alva Film
alvafilm.ch

Le Centre audiovisuel Simone de Beauvoir
www.centre-simone-de-beauvoir.com

Ina - Institut national de l'audiovisuel
www.ina.fr

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www.mpmfilm.com/