You are never too old to be yourself
200 performances in 25 different countries: that is the impressive track record of 'Gardenia', the acclaimed performance by directors Alain Platel and Frank Van Laecke. After two years of touring, the actors are returning to their old familiar life. In their documentary 'Before The Last Curtain Falls', filmmakers Thomas Wallner and Eva Küpper follow the colorful cast. They encounter countless stories about great love, bitter disappointment, doubt and the courage to take risks. Because trying something new and being yourself knows no age.
The cast of 'Gardenia' are all phenomena. The players worked as performers or prostitutes, they were cheered and booed. They underwent a sex change operation. They experienced every shade of love, loss, humiliation and pleasure. And they scraped together the courage to give themselves on stage, just one last time.
In 'Before The Last Curtain Falls' Küpper and Wallner dive into the extraordinary and heartwarming stories of this group of aging transsexuals and drag queens. A deeply human documentary that focuses not on the show itself but on the life stories of the actors.
"I entered the operating room as Julius Caesar and came out as Cleopatra." - Andrea De Laet
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Aftertalk with Eva Küpper, Alain Platel & Frank Van Laecke, Richard Dierick and Gerrit Becker
cast: Gerrit Becker, Richard Dierick, Vanessa Van Durme, Andrea De Laet, Danilo Povolo & Rudy Suwyns - schrijver & regisseur / writer & director: Thomas Wallner - co-auteur & co-regisseur / co-writer & associate director: Eva Küpper - cinematografie / cinematography: Axel Schneppat - geluid / sound: Henk Rabau - productie / production: Kerstin Meyer-Beetz & gebrueder Beetz (DE) - executive producer: Christian Beetz - line producers: Kathrin Isberner & Xavier Rombaut - productie / production manager: Nick Pastucha - coproductie / co-production: Bart Van Langendonck, Savage Film (BE), ZDF & Canvas - in samenwerking met / in collaboration with: Alain Platel & Frank Van Laecke - met de steun van / with the support of: Film- und Medienstiftung NRW, Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg, German Federal Filmboard FFA, German Federal Film Fund DFFF, MEDIA Programme of the European Union & Vlaams Audiovisueel Fonds (VAF) - in associatie met / in association with: Telenet & arte - wereldwijde verkoop / world sales: Cat & Docs