DELPHINE ET CAROLE, INSOUMUSES

France, Switzerland 2019

Synopsis

A portrait of the enchanted feminism of the 1970s, the film retraces the encounter of actress Delphine Seyrig and director Carole Roussopoulos in 1974, their creative and disruptive use of video, their radical actions and incisive humour.

Directors Statement

As Carole explains it in the film, women made the video their own tool and adopted it immediately because it was an brand new medium, free of any male “colonization” unlike television or cinema. The video was a tool for political action, allowing not only women to document their struggles but also to provide a space for expression for those who were usually reduced to silence. The use of video was a way for Delphine Seyrig and Carole Roussopoulos to introduce the question of female gaze.

Director's Biography

Callisto Mc Nulty is an author, director and translator, born in 1990 in Paris. She is a graduate of Central Saint Martins and Goldsmiths university in London. Her research in the fields of feminist and cultural studies and the visual arts takes the shape of film and editorial projets.
She has directed and co-written DELPHINE AND CAROLE (70 min, produced by Les Films de la Butte in association with la Lucarne d’Arte and the Centre audiovisuel Simone de Beauvoir) — an archival documentary film about the 1970s period of "enchanted feminism", through the portrait of Delphine Seyrig and Carole Roussopoulos.
She has written and realised, with Anne Destival, ÉRIC'S TAPE (2017, with Eric Bauer, William Furlong and Colette Lumière), a filmed investigation around a mysterious "Audio Arts" cassette, featuring an almost inaudible conversation between Andy Warhol and several other characters whose identity is initially unknown. The project was presented within the context of the exhibition « Grand Trouble » at the Halle Saint Pierre in Paris.
She is co-editor and co-author of the book SCUM Manifesto (2018, éd. NAIMA), which brings together a restored version of the videotape by Carole Roussopoulos and Delphine Seyrig, archive documents, filmed interviews, and original texts.
She has curated the BIBELOT SUMMER SHOW at the Wendy Gallery in Paris in June 2018, a collective exhibition gathering the works of 37 artists around the concept of bibelot — the poetics and politics of care directed towards details, the everyday.
She is a French to English translator for galleries and museums (including the Galerie Marcelle Alix in Paris, the Museum of Modern Art in Warsaw, the Museum National d’Histoire Naturelle in Paris, the Malmö Konsthall in Sweden).

Filmography:
2017 - ERIC'S TAPE
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Cast & Crew

Directed by: Callisto Mc Nulty

Written by: Callisto Mc Nulty, Alexandra Roussopoulos, Geronimo Roussopoulos

Produced by: Sophie De Hijes, Nicolas Lesoult, Britta Rindelaub, Nicole Fernandez Ferrer, Sylvie Cazin

Editing: Josiane Zardoya

Original Score: Manu Sauvage

Sound: Philippe Ciompi

Visual Effects: Thibaud Caquot

Nominations and Awards

  • EFA Documentary Selection 2019