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Claire Simon

The Graduation
(Le Concours)

France 2016

In French with English subtitles

121 min

Suitable for audiences all ages


"Those who can't do, teach. And those who can't teach, teach gym," is an oft-quoted witticism that, as any decent cinephile will tell you, is a line from Woody Allen's Annie Hall. But what about those who teach film school?

In the fly-on-the-wall documentary The Graduation (Le Concours), director Claire Simon (Gare du Nord) focuses her camera on the five-month-long admissions process of France's most famous filmmaking academy: La Femis - a state-run, extremely selective and generously funded institution whose alumni include art house heavyweights Francois Ozon and Arnaud Desplechin, as well as budding auteurs Celine Sciamma (Girlhood), Rebecca Zlotowski (Planetarium), Thomas Cailley (Love at First Fight) and Alice Winocour (Disorder)
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Director: Claire Simon

Claire Simon (born in 1955) is a French director, screenwriter, actor and photographer. Her most famous films are her breakthrough At All Costs (1995) and Cannes winner God's Offices (2008).

Screenplay: Claire Simon
Production: Arnaud Dommerc / Andolfi
Sales: Wide House

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