by Claire Simon
by Claire Simon
Claire Simon, one of France’s leading documentarians, gives an enlightening all-access tour behind the scenes at France’s premiere film school, La Fémis, during its long and exhaustive admissions period.
Claire Simon’s The Competition begins, significantly, with the image of a locked gate—that of the Fondation Européenne pour les Métiers de l’Image et du Son, or, as it’s more popularly known, La Fémis. One of the most prestigious film schools in the world, offering hands-on training from working professionals, every year La Fémis attracts hundreds upon hundreds of hopeful applicants hoping to fill only forty annual slots. This new film by Simon, one of France’s premiere nonfiction filmmakers, offers a unique look into the process whereby those lucky forty are selected—a process involving examiners from the French film industry which is highly personal and idiosyncratic and subject to the vagaries of taste and personal prejudice.
Funny, penetrating, and surprisingly suspenseful, the timely The Competition is not only a unique opportunity to see the inner workings of an institution at the very heart of the French film industry, but an invitation to look at the assumptions and roadblocks that shape any national film industry, and higher education in general. A masterful work of nonfiction that urges us to consider at the system that nurtures or pushes aside would-be filmmakers, and encourages us to think about why we see the films that we see.
Alain Bergala, Xanaë Bove, Emmanuel Chaumet
1 hour, 40 minutes
February 29, 2019
French with English Subtitles
Mar 29 through Apr 4
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