France 2017, 121 min, French, Hebrew & English subtitles

Screening candidates for one of France’s most prestigious film schools is a complex, emotional, and nerve-wracking process even for the admissions board members, who are cineastes as opposed to actual teachers. This time, director Claire Simon points her camera at them, allowing them to gossip, joke, despair, get excited, and argue till they’re hoarse, and also to try and figure out how they’re supposed to recognize big talents. The entry exams at Le Femis are the setting for a series of small-yet-big dramas that reveal the things testers usually try to hide: their tendency to prefer candidates that appeal to them personally, their fear of taking a gamble on those who seem too bold, and moments when they see themselves reflected in the candidates, and especially in their dreams.

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  • The Graduation - screening and Master Class with filmmaker Claire Simon
    Thu 18.05 20:00 Cinemateque 4
    After the screening: A conversation moderated by Yaelle Kayam
    Filmmaker Present
  • Sat 20.05 14:15 Cinemateque 1
    After the screening: A conversation moderated by Dr. Laliv melamed
    Filmmaker Present
Director, Script & Cinematography: Claire Simon
Production: Arnaud Dommerc, Andolfi
Editing: Luc Forveille With The Collaboration Of Léa Masson

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THE GRADUATION
Le Concours (original title)

A film by Claire Simon
With THE GRADUATION the director will delve into the daily life of the Parisian cinema school, la Fémis, where a specific Republican ideal of excellence is practiced and entry into which can be summed up as follows: "everyone’s equal, but only the best get in…"
Through the admission process, the hard work all year and the graduation exams, THE GRADUATION will establish a portrait of our relationship to excellence in the Art world and of one of the most prestigious art school in France. A place of culture where generations intermingle.

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CLAIRE SIMON

Biography:
Born in London in 1955, Caire Simon is a French scriptwriter, actress, cinematographer,editor and director. As a filmmaker she first directs independent shorts. Her best remembered films of the period are "La police" (1988) and "Scènes de ménage" in 1991, starring Miou-Miou. She then discovers the practice of 'direct cinema' with the Ateliers Varan and makes several documentaries such as "Les patients" (1989), Coûte que coûte (1995) and Récréations (1998), which garner multiple awards. Her first fiction feature length movie, Sinon, oui (1997), the story of a woman who pretends to be pregnant and kidnaps a child, is presented at the Cannes Film Festival Directors'Fortnight in 1997. Her next film, made for TV, Ça, c'est vraiment toi (2000), an original work, half-documentary, half-fiction, filmed within the walls of the European Parliament, is awarded the great prize at the Belfort Film Festival. After an experience in the theater, Claire Simon returns to documentary with 800 km de différence - Romance (2002) and Mimi (2003), presented at the Berlin International Film Festival in 2003. Her second fiction film, Ça brûle (2006) was also selected for the Directors'Fortnight in 2006. In 2008, Les bureaux de Dieu (2008) is another half-fiction half-documentary work, with famous actors and actresses as the Family Planning counselors and amateur actresses impersonating real-life women who had come for help or guidance. An atypical talent in the French movie world, Claire Simon has been trying for more than two decades to this day - ceaselessly and successfully - to capture the essence of reality.
Filmography:

2015 LE BOIS DONT LES REVES SONT FAITS
2013 GARE DU NORD
2008 LES BUREAUX DE DIEU- Sélection Quinzaine des Réalisateurs
2006 ÇA BRÛLE- Sélection Quinzaine des Réalisateurs
2004 EST-CE QU’ON A GAGNE OU EST-CE QU’ON A ENCORE PERDU ? (cm)
2002 MIMI
2001 800 KILOMETRES DE DIFFERENCE / ROMANCE
1999 ÇA C’EST VRAIMENT TOI
1997 SINON OUI - Sélection Quinzaine des Réalisateurs
1995 COÛTE QUE COÜTE
1993 COMMENT ACHETER UNE ARME (cm)
HISTOIRE DE MARIE (cm)
1992 RECREATIONS
ARTISTE PEINTRE (cm)
1991 SCENES DE MENAGE (10 cm)
1989 LES PATIENTS
1988 LA POLICE (cm)
1980 TANDIS QUE J‘AGONISE (cm)