2011-2020Claire SimonDocumentaryFrance

Claire Simon – Le concours AKA The Competition (2016)

Claire Simon’s The Competition (Le Concours) 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 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.

Simon’s film, as that opening image belies, is concerned with documenting the actual workings of cultural gatekeeping—for the filmmaking apparatus is unwieldy and expensive, and the privilege of access to its operations isn’t easily earned. In a series of illuminating vignettes, The Competition allows us to witness every stage of the process whereby which young men and women are evaluated for their fitness as suitable raw materials to be shaped La Fémis, from written examinations to in-person interviews. Observing the observers, in every scene Simon subtly draws out the dynamics pertaining to gender, class, and race at work in the room, a reality of human variability at odds with the French Republican ideal of a neutral égalité.

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 the system that nurtures or pushes aside would-be filmmakers, and encourages us to think about why we see the films that w

Le Concours AKA The Graduation [Claire Simon 2016] 576p.mkv

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Runtime: 	2 h 0 min
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Subtitles:English hard subs

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