French documentaries screening on MUBI
This week we take a look at some of the great documentaries which are coming up in June on MUBI – all by female directors. To give you some ideas we’ve picked our top four.
Included in the line-up, and screening from 12 June, is Callisto McNulty’s Delphine and Carole, which we showed during the 2019 Festival. It charts the creative collaboration between Delphine Seyrig and Carole Roussopoulos looking at the history of women’s rights and feminist filmmaking.
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We hope you enjoy the films.
Letters Home / Letters Home
Available 6 June
Dir Chantal Akerman
Keeping the original theatrical mise-en-scene, the film features Delphine Seyrig and her niece Coralie Seyrig reciting poet Sylvia Plath’s letters to her mother directly to the audience as though we were the recipients of these private missives.
Director Chantal Akerman
1986 | Belgium, France | 104 mins | French with English subtitles.
Delphine and Carole / Delphine et Carole, insoumuses
Available 12 June
Dir Callisto McNulty
The portrait of 1970s enchanted feminism, the film retraces the encounter between actress Delphine Seyrig and director Carole Roussopoulos in 1974, their creative and disruptive use of video, their radical actions and incisive humour.
Director Callisto McNulty
2018 | France, Switzerland | 70 mins | French with English subtitles.
Be Pretty and Shut Up! / Sois belle et tais-toi!
Available 21 June
Dir Delphine Seyrig
In 1976, Delphine Seyrig asked 24 French and US actresses about their professional experiences as women, their roles and their relationships with directors. A sobering assessment of an industry that only awards parts based on clichés and stereotypes. Includes interviews with Jane Fonda, Jenny Agutter, Luce Guilbeault and Marie Dubois.
Director Delphine Seyrig
1981 | France | 111 mins | French with English subtitles.
F.H.A.R / Le F.H.A.R (Front Homosexuel d’Action Révolutionnaire)
Available 21 June
Dir Carole Roussopoulos
First meetings and then participation of the FHAR (Front Homosexuel d’Action Révolutionnaire) in a public demonstration.
Director Carole Roussopoulos
1971 | France | 26 mins | French with English subtitles.
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