Before the Last Curtain Falls

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    Before the Last Curtain Falls

    Directed by

    Belgium, France

    2014

    88 min

    • French
    • English
    • Flemish
    • Mandarin

    Documentary

    In 2010, the Belgian choreographer Alain Platel asked a number of older drag queens and trans cabaret artists if they wanted to perform onstage for one last time in his piece Gardenia, which became a global success. In the final show, this colorful group bids farewell to life in the spotlight and, most importantly of all, to one another. Once the tour is over they try to reshape their daily lives, and this documentary follows some of them: cleaning a brothel, conversing with pets, taking piano lessons. The film intercuts stylized shots from Gardenia with interviews in which the former performers talk about the choices they made, going against the grain of conventions in order to become themselves. The enormous contrast between their outrageous performances onstage and their vulnerability when the stage lights are dimmed offers some unsettling but multifaceted insight into this group of remarkable individuals. They attest to the desire to be themselves, to the courage to fight for that right, and to the fear of loneliness and physical decline. And they never give up their eternal search for love and happiness.

    Awards

    • Special Jury Prize - Hot Docs

    Festivals

    Credits

    Screenplay
    Thomas Wallner
    Eva Küpper
    Cinematography
    Axel Schneppat
    Editing
    Manfred Becker
    Production
    GEBRUEDER BEETZ FILMPRODUKTION GMBH
    Sales
    CAT&DOCS
    Production
    SAVAGE FILM

    Press

    Beautiful, poignant and honest.

    Eric Marchen, Toronto Film Scene

    Thomas Wallner

    Thomas Wallner

    Germany

    Thomas Wallner, founder and owner of DEEP Inc. is a producer, writer, director and game designer working in feature film, television, games and interactive media. In addition to producing innovative cross-media properties for television, he has written and directed eight award-winning feature documentaries that have been broadcast in more than 30 countries.