28th Ji.hlava International Documentary Film Festival

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director: Sanaz Azari
original title: Faites sortir les figurants
country: Belgium
year: 2018
running time: 61 min.


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.

"The representative becomes a present body, a speaking body, he becomes an acting body, even a political body liberated from the stereotypes that pertain to the community he was supposed to represent." S. Azari 


Sanaz Azari (1981) is originally from Iran, but has lived in Brussels since she was a child. She studied photography and stage design at La Cambre. During her studies, she took part in a theater course focusing on the Stanislavsky method. Since 2010, she has also focused on documentaries. Her debut film was Salaam Isfahan. A frequent topic of her films is her native Iran. 

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director: Sanaz Azari
producer: Isabelle Truc
script: Sanaz Azari
photography: Johan Legraie, Pierre Choqueux, Vincent Pinckaers, Artur Castro Freire
editing: Simon Arazi, Annick Ghijzelings
music: Pierre Dozin, Frederic Becker
sound: Bruno Schweisguth, Fred Meert, Vincent Nouaille, Zied Mokaddem, Cosmas Antoniadis, Fabrice Osinski, Nicolas Dennefeld
art director: Milena Trivier
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