Le Concours (2016)

Film details

  • Director

    Claire Simon

  • Country

    France

  • Year

    2016

  • Genre

    Documentary

  • Type

    Film

  • Category

    Non Fiction

Alternative titles

  • The Graduation Alternative

Synopsis

Everyone's equal, but only the best get in…'. In this riveting documentary, director Claire Simon (Gare du Nord) immerses us in the selection process of one of the most prestigious schools of cinema in the world, La Fémis in Paris. Revealing a system where candidates are interviewed by professionals only (the institution's directors include Olivier Ducastel and Laetitia Masson), the film observes the absorbing interaction between fresh, young and wild talents as they mingle with established industry players. Impassioned debates, dramatic pitches, doubts, questions and a hell of a lot of cigarette smoking take place, intertwined with the daily running of the school. It presents an invaluable insight into this incubator of French cinema talent. Fans of Frederick Wiseman's patient, observational documentaries will relish the rewards The Graduation offers. And it's essential viewing for anyone interested in French cinema today and what the next generation of auteurs might look like.

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