Occasionally someone drops the name of a well-known film star, like Isabelle Huppert. But for a change, this documentary is not about them, but about the extras. Extras are people without text whose presence adds life to film scenes, although they don’t play any significant role in the story. 'Extras wanted' advertisements, which are read out as voice-overs, make it clear that people are often looking for archetypes ('a North African type').

Documentary maker Sanaz Azari shows some of them while they are getting made up, chatting together between the scenes or looking at their phones. We hear directors calling out instructions and see film crews in action. Slowly we acquire a picture of these extras who transcend their inherently limited role: they become individuals and escape from the stereotype they are expected to represent. In Faites sortir les figurants they come into the foreground and are briefly given a voice.

International title
Backstage Action
Filmmaker
Sanaz Azari
Country
Belgium
Year
2018
Medium
DCP
Length
61’
Language
French, Persian, English, German, Luxembourgish (Letzeburgesch)
Producer
Isabelle Truc
Production Company
Iota Production
Sales
CBA - Centre de l'Audiovisuelle à Bruxelles
Writer
Sanaz Azari
Cinematography
Johan Legraie, Pierre Choqueux, Vincent Pinckaers, Artur Castro Freire
Editor
Simon Arazi, Annick Ghijzelings
Production Design
Miléna Trivier
Sound Design
Pierre Dozin
Music
Pierre Dozin, Frederic Becker