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Jean-Pierre Melville Double Feature at the Am Aero Theatre 1328 Montana Avenue, Santa Monica, CA 90403
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Jacquot de Nantes Jack Alter Fort Lee Community Center 1355 Inwood Terrace Fort Lee, NJ 07024
Visual Arts in Fall 2019 Various Places

The Competition

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, 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. Involving examiners from the French film industry, this process is highly personal, idiosyncratic and subject to the vagaries of taste and personal prejudice.

The Competition is not only a unique opportunity to see the inner workings of an institution at the 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.

Filmmaker Claire Simon will present her documentary at Jacob Burns Film Center on the occasion of a special event.

In Los Angeles, Simon will participate in two Q&A's, the first on Monday, March 4 after a 7:30pm screening at the Ahrya Fine Arts moderated by Variety and Los Angeles Times writer Akiva Gottlieb. The second will be on Tuesday, March 5 at the Laemmle Playhouse 7 following a 7:00pm screening moderated by Los Angeles Review of Books editor Kate Wolf. 

The Competition / Le concours
Directed by: Claire Simon
Year: 2016
Runtime: 121 mins
Genre : Documentary
In French with English subtitles
Released by: Metrograph Pictures
> Opening at Metrograph on Friday, February 22, with National Roll-Out to Follow

Q&A with filmmaker Claire Simon at Jacob Burns Film Center on Friday, March 8 at 7:00pm