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Duelle (1976)

October 26 at 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm MDT

Two celestial goddesses battle over a magical diamond that will allow one of them to stay on Earth in this experimental fantasy film.

Part of our Masters: Jacques Rivette series. Restoration courtesy of Arrow Films and the American Genre Film Archive.

Directed by Jacques Rivette | France | 121 mins

 “Paris. The last night of a new moon, this winter.” The first and one of only two films completed at the time intended to kick-off a cycle of four, Duelle, its title a telling portmanteau combining the words “duel” and “elle,” is in essence the story of the all time gangbusters knock-down-drag-out battle between two celestial goddesses, or “phantom goddesses,” Viva and Leni, personification of Sun and Moon respectively. Viva and Leni happen to be played by Bulle Ogier and Juliet Berto, who are already divine supernatural beings in their own right. Hermine Karagheuz plays Lucie, a young mortal woman employed in a somewhat neglected hotel in a somewhat neglected arrondissement, first seen as the film commences balancing on a ball like a performing seal. Lucie is a bit of a snoop by nature, and she is worried that her brother Pierrot (Jean Babilée) might be caught up in some kind of nefarious business or other. Her intuition is all too sound, and soon Lucie will find herself likewise enmeshed in the sly machinations of Viva and Leni, the two phantom goddesses vying to acquire the magical jewel that will allow the goddesses who possesses it—at the onset of the new lunar cycle—to remain on Earth and to rule over it uncontested.

-Written by Jason Wierba

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Community Partner: La Cité des Rocheuses

Since 1996, La Cité des Rocheuses has been promoting cultural enrichment, and intercultural and multidisciplinary dialogue in French in Calgary. La Cité des Rocheuses coordinates and presents numerous cultural, artistic, and educational events for the community and youth of the Calgary region.

In the spirit of respect, reciprocity and truth, we honour and acknowledge that this screening takes place on Moh’kinsstis and the traditional Treaty 7 territory, as well as the oral practices of the Blackfoot confederacy: Siksika, Kainai, Piikani as well as the Îyâxe Nakoda and Tsuut’ina nations. We acknowledge that this territory is home to the Métis Nation of Alberta, Region 3 within the historical Northwest Métis homeland. Finally, we acknowledge all Nations, Indigenous and non, who live, work and play, as well as help steward this land, honour and celebrate this territory.


October 26
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm MDT
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Globe Cinema
617 8th Ave SW
Calgary, AB T2N 3P4 Canada


Calgary Cinematheque

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