The Graduation / Le Concours

Rating: Exempt

Director: Claire Simon
Country: France
Language: French with English subtitles
Year of production: 2017
Genre: Documentary
Duration: 119 min
Festivals: Venice International Film Festival 2017

Screening only in Auckland, Christchurch, Dunedin, Havelock North, Nelson, New Plymouth, Palmerston North and Wellington

“Funny […] cruel […and] captivating.” Télérama

Synopsis

Over a thousand young aspiring filmmakers rush through the doors of one of the world’s most prestigious film schools, ready to take the very first test of a long series for the entrance exam. For most applicants, there won’t be a second step nor a third, as only a handful of students get lucky enough each year to call La Fémis home. Dreams of cinema, success, hopes, disappointment, judgement — it is the jury members as much as the candidates being closely analysed in this cinéma vérité-style documentary.

Filmmaker Claire Simon observes with empathy, humour and a bit of malice, while the audience assists the jury decisions and discussions that usually happen behind closed doors. Uncovering how the school operates, the film also points out how contemporary societies are too often based on competition, all egalitarian, but only the best…

This fascinating look into the French meritocratic education system takes the audience behind the scenes to observe the mechanics of decision making, and introduces a surprising array of students competing to pursue their dream.
“He did that well!” comments one teacher after watching an applicant’s screen test. “I was falling asleep”, argues another. “Help! Don’t come to La Fémis! Get a life!” sneers a professor to her colleague… The great variety of applicants profiled is as thrilling for the jury as it is for the film’s audience.

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Screenings

Ticket links will be added as they become available


AUCKLAND – RIALTO CINEMAS NEWMARKET
Sun 18 March 3:30 pm

AUCKLAND – BERKELEY CINEMAS TAKAPUNA
Sun 11 March 1:30 pm

CHRISTCHURCH – HOYTS RICCARTON
Sun 11 March 3:45 pm
Thu 22 March 6:10 pm

WELLINGTON – EMBASSY THEATRE
Tue 13 March 6:00 pm E
Includes introduction in partnership with Victoria University

NEW PLYMOUTH – EVENT CINEMAS
Wed 14 March 6:00 pm

NELSON – SUTER THEATRE
Wed 21 March 8:15 pm

HAVELOCK NORTH – EVENT CINEMAS
Sun 25 March 5:45 pm

DUNEDIN – RIALTO CINEMAS
Wed 28 March 6:10 pm

PALMERSTON NORTH – EVENT CINEMAS
Thur 12 April 6:00 pm

E Embassy Theatre
D Deluxe Theatre

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