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by Sanaz Azari


This is de facto a film about a film, with the only difference being that the focus is exclusively on the extras. They are filmed while waiting to take their turn, while conversing with others, and thinking about their performances. Although they take their duties very seriously and long to be stars, for the filmmakers, they’re just people that can be coordinated as necessary, nothing more. This film, on the contrary, gives them full consideration, revealing their personalities, what they experience, and what they dream of. The footage comes from many different places where movies are made, involving extras from all different nationalities.

international title: Backstage Action
original title: Faites sortir les figurants
country: Belgium
year: 2018
genre: documentary
directed by: Sanaz Azari
film run: 61'
screenplay: Sanaz Azari
cinematography by: Artur Castro Freire, Vincent Pinckaers, Pierre Choqueux, Johan Legraie
film editing: Annick Ghijzelings, Simon Arazi
music: Frederic Becker
producer: Isabelle Truc
production: Iota Production, Casa Kafka Pictures, Be TV (BE)
backing: Screen Brussels (BE), CBA (BE), Fédération Wallonie-Bruxelles (BE)
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