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by Elena Avdija


Virginie, Petra and Estelle are stuntwomen. They get hit by cars or struck by violent husbands and gangsters, often repeatedly. And every time, they get back up on their feet, ready to shoot the scene as many times as necessary. Freedom, glory or a search for power fuel these women’s desire to push their bodies to the limits. But how much violence are their bodies and minds able to take on? The film questions how cinema and television distribute roles and violence on the screen.

international title: Stuntwomen
original title: Cascadeuses
working title: Acting Pain
country: Switzerland, France
sales agent: AndanaFilms
year: 2022
genre: documentary
directed by: Elena Avdija
film run: 85’
screenplay: Elena Avdija
cinematography by: Augustin Losserand, Blaise Harrison
film editing: Myriam Rachmuth
music: Marzia Celii, Ella Malherbe
producer: Agnieszka Ramu, Ursula Meier, Cécile Lestrade, Élise Hug, Marie-Lou Pahud
production: Bande à Part Films, Alter Ego Production, RTS - Radio Télévision Suisse, SRG SSR, ARTE France, Bip Tv

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