Before The Last Curtain Falls

The film by Thomas Wallner (Germany 2015, 90’)
on Gardenia by Alain Platel and Frank Van Laecke

November 17, 2015 h 22:00
Cinema Odeon Florence

Within the Florence Queer Festival 2015


Before the Last Curtain Falls tells the story of great love, bitter disappointments and self-doubts – but most of all of courage. The courage to take risks, try something new and become yourself, no matter what age.
The film dives deeply into the exceptional and heart-warming stories of a group of transsexuals and drag queens in their sixties and seventies, who summon up their bravery to take the stage once again – perhaps for the last time.

Belgium’s pre-imminent choreographer Alain Platel and “wizard” stage director Frank Van Laecke collaborate to turn the cast member’s lives into movement.
What was supposed to be a limited run in some selected theatres unexpectedly became a huge international success, playing over 200 shows in 25 countries. For two years the protagonists have been touring five continents, performing a spectacular dance, theatre and music show called Gardenia that Fabbrica Europa festival presented in 2011 edition.

Now the show is coming to a close and the artists are coming home to a time of introspection, a re-evaluation of choices made, of lives lived and possible futures. The cast has been through it all.






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