The Competition (DVD)

Directed by Claire Simon

Release Year: 2016
Running Time: 121
UPC: 7 38329 24604 4
Optional English Subtitles: Yes
Color Type: Color
Country: France
Language: French w English Subtitles
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Cast
Alain Bergala
Emilie Deleuze
Xanae Bove
Emmanuel Chaumet

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Directed by Claire Simon

The Competition begins, significantly, with the image of a locked gate—that of La Fémis, one of the most prestigious film schools in the world, offering hands-on training from working professionals and accepting only forty students per year from hundreds of applicants. This Wiseman-esque documentary from Simon, one of France’s premiere nonfiction filmmakers, observes the process whereby those lucky forty are selected—a process which is revealed to be highly personal, idiosyncratic, and subject to the vagaries of taste and personal prejudice. Funny, penetrating, and surprisingly suspenseful, The Competition offers 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.


DVD Extras Include:

In Memory of Marc Nicolas: Tribute to the former head of La Femis | Theatrical trailer


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