7:30pm screening introduced by Calypso, writer & photographer
Enjoy conversation, wine, and beer after both screenings
Quentin Dupieux, 2014. 95 min. DCP VOSTA.
With Alain Chabat, Jonathan Lambert, Élodie Bouchez.
In French with English subtitles.
A fledgling French filmmaker in California walks into a theater already screening the movie he is in the process of writing. A little girl watches a videotape she found inside a hog’s stomach. A TV host endangers his livelihood by scratching a full-body rash that no one can see. Welcome to the world of Reality: part David Lynch, part Charlie Kaufman, with a pinch of Buñuel and a streak of cruel French humor, this riotously dreamlike Hollywood satire is one of the strangest, most refreshing French comedies of the last decade.
Calypso doesn’t need a last name. She’s not that famous, it’s just that by the time she’s done explaining her first name, she doesn’t have anymore energy to clarify the rest.
Born in Belgium, she left her country at 19, to make it in America. That didn’t go so well, so she moved to Paris in her early 20’s, and this is the last indication of age you’ll find in this biography.
After a year in acting school, she travelled the world for a while, working as a journalist for various magazines. Then, she developed a witty style of writing, in French and in English.
A few years ago, a friend who shall not be named was telling her about the stand up material he was writing and how hard it was for him to find somebody to perform it. Calypso begged Jeremie (Oops, bien fait!) to give her the material. But Jeremie told her that since she didn’t belong to any minority groups, he didn’t think it would go well.
Not a minority? A woman, a Belgian and a red head! Not a minority?
Qu’à cela ne tienne, Calypso decided to start writing her own jokes.
In the process, she moved back to America, and this time, she’s here to stay. Hopefully.
Calypso has performed in some of the most mythical places in NYC, LA and Paris.
But the night is young.
Series curated by Delphine Selles-Alvarez and Léonore Chastagner.
Special thanks to Louise Rinaldi (Ecce Films), Marie Tarascon and Élodie Dupont (The Festival Agency), Louise Paraut (Gaumont), Justin DiPietro (IFC Films), Anne-Catherine Louvet (Institut Français), Courtney Vlaming (Music Box Films), Eric Di Bernardo and Dave Franklin (Rialto Pictures).
CineSalon is made possible
by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature. CinéSalon is sponsored by Air France and Delta Air Lines, BNP Paribas, Lacoste, and Renault Nissan. Wine courtesy of Vinadeis, the exclusive wine sponsor of CinéSalon. Beer courtesy of Kronenbourg 1664, the exclusive beer sponsor of CinéSalon.
Season Sponsors: American Society of the French Legion of Honor, Cultural Services of the French Embassy, Edmond de Rothschild Foundations, Engie, FACE (French American Cultural Exchange), Florence Gould Foundation, Hermès Foundation within the framework of the New Settings program, Howard Gilman Foundation, Institut français, JCDecaux, National Endowment for the Arts, New England Foundation for the Arts (NEFA), NYC Department of Cultural Affairs, New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA), Office de Tourisme de Boulogne-Billancourt, and Pommery.