Calamity Jane & Delphine Seyrig, A Story
THE EXTRAORDINARY ADVENTURES OF DELPHINE IN THE LAND OF FEMINISM
The film will be screened in the presence of: Nicole Fernández Ferrer
Nicole Fernández Ferrer is coordinator of the Audiovisual Simone de Beauvoir Centre in Paris (feminist, LGBT+ and film archives, distribution, audiovisual workshops, production, film analysis based on gender issues).
She is currently working with women and young people in jail with a nonprofit organization of prison librarians (screenings, shooting, and film analysis).
Nicole has lectured on women's film & feminist video in New York, Rio de Janeiro, Madrid, Arequipa, Beijing, Barcelona, Taipei, and served as a jury member in various festivals. She has programmed the Gay and Lesbian Film Festival in Paris, the Creteil International Women’s Film Festival, and the Racines Noires Festival, among others.
She has also worked as a sound technician and translator for films (Spanish and Portuguese to French). She is board member of the 7ème Genre, Archives du Féminisme, Centre Hubertine Auclert, and Collectif Archives LGBTQI.
She lives and works in Paris.
At the end of the ‘70s, actress Delphine Seyrig discovers and reads a book containing the letters sent by Calamity Jane to her daughter, sometime during the second half of the 19th century. And this encounter makes her want, for the first time in her life, to direct a biographical film, in which she would play the part of the protagonist. Calamity Jane had long been a symbol of the feminist struggles around the world, being a comics, popular songs and Hollywood films hero. In fact, her life had been full of novelesque adventures even before becoming one of the most famous adventurers of the Wild West – actually the only woman who came to rival men in popularity in this regard. She had been, one after the other, a cook, a dancer, a nurse, a laundress, a waitress, a prostitute, and, following her enrollment in general George Armstrong Custer’s squad, she had given up her own children, whom it seems she had given up to adoption, and she had started dressing in men’s clothes, dedicating herself fully to the her new role, which actually brought her national fame. The film of Babette Mangolte, a legendary cinematographer and feminist artist – among other things, she collaborated with filmmakers such as Chantal Akerman on works such as "Jeanne Dielman, 23 rue du commerce, 1080 Bruxelles" and “News from Home,” or with Yvonne Rainer on "Film About a Woman Who…" – reenacts a part of Delphine Seyrig’s journey as she was preparing that biographical film which she didn’t get the chance to finish. Through notes and annotations from her diary, also including a part of the footage shot by Mangolte herself with Delphine Seyrig and the women she’d interviewed to prepare for the role, "Calamity Jane & Delphine Seyrig, A story" is a tribute to the two women and a touching recovery of fragments of a project which remained locked in some boxes for over three decades. (by Andrei Rus)
* photo B. Mangolte : ©2014 Fleurvan Muiswinkel
* screenshots : ©Calamity Jane & Delphine Seyrig: A Story / B. Mangolte
* Adopted by: Iscoada
awards and festivals
Cinéma du Réel 2020
A Story: FILAF - Festival International du Livre d'Art et du Film 2020
International Festival of Contemporary Arts- City of Women 2020
Pravo Ljudski Film Festival 2020