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Repertory Series! Dead of Winter: Tales of the Beast • THE FLY (1986) • Sun 1/27

Mon, Feb 25, 2019

Special EventsThe DocYard

The Competition (Le Concours)

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Director: Claire Simon

Film Details: 2018, 121 minutes, DCP, French with English subtitles

Winner of the Best Documentary on Cinema Award at the Venice Film Festival. Winner of the True Vision Award at the True / False Film Festival.

Filmmaker Claire Simon will attend in person for discussion.

About the Film:

“Director Claire Simon goes behind closed doors during the months-long admissions period at France’s most selective film school, La Fémis, where thousands of hopefuls apply for only 40 available slots. The state-run institution, which teaches aspiring filmmakers their craft through hands-on training with working professionals, also turns to the latter to evaluate applicants. Simon captures entrance interviews and candid discussions among the selection committee, creating a revealing portrait of an institution and its gatekeepers.” -DOC NYC

“If you’ve ever applied for anything with high stakes—a prestigious school, a dream job—Simon’s film will very slowly wreck you, precisely because it outlines how maddeningly subjective such determinations are… [The Competition] points to the underlying uncertainty in evaluating art.”

Paste Magazine

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About The DocYard:

For decades, Boston has been a center for documentary filmmaking. It is a place where students come to learn and experiment, where some of documentary’s giants are teaching and creating new work, and where the craft is continuously nurtured and expanded. Today’s filmmakers are breaking new ground that has its foundation, more often than not, in Boston’s rich documentary legacy.

Celebrating what is innovative, interesting, and inspiring in documentary, The DocYard is a bi-weekly film and discussion series that takes place every other Monday. Their goal is to grow a vibrant, creative community for Boston’s filmmakers, film students and film lovers through each of these special events.

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