Angela and Paola are preparing a play loosely based on The Odyssey. Angela assumes the role of Ulysses and Paola that of his lover who has summoned him from the dead for a final meeting.
When the play intersects with the young women’s lives a rupture occurs. Transported, they reinvent themselves through new identities and the open space of the rehearsal stage. Calypso navigates between individual desire and collective unconscious, reclaiming mythology from its normative foundations.
“In Calypso, I set out to fuse my interest in performance and my ongoing experimentation with the cinematic form as a means to explore time and space through a subconscious logic rather than a linear one.
Working with two theatre actresses, who portray versions of themselves in ways that parallel their real-life journeys of becoming, imbues the film with a documentary dimension. Meanwhile Super 8mm footage, gathered in my own travels around the Mediterranean, evokes the myths and memories that we carry within us, frequently unaware.”
With: Angela Dionisia Severino, Paola Maria Cacace & Eleonora Lollo
Written, filmed and edited by Mariangela Ciccarello
Produced by Philip Cartelli
Sound Design and Mix: Maile Costa Colbert
Screenplay: Mariangela Ciccarello & Philip Cartelli
Theater Script: Mariangela Ciccarello & Thomas Tzalapatis
This project has been part of Feature Expanded – European Art Film Strategies (Schermo dell'Arte, Firenze/HOME, Manchester).
This project is made possible, in part, with funds from the Media Arts Assistance Fund, a regrant partnership of the New York State Council on the Arts Electronic Media and Film Program and Wave Farm.