Monday, February 25

The DocYard Presents (previous events)Special Events Archive

The Competition (Le Concours)

Director: Claire Simon

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

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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 with local filmmaker Ross McElwee, Professor of the Practice of Filmmaking at Harvard.

About the Film:

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.

“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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Monday 2/25
at 7:00 PM

Brattle passes accepted. Special, Usher, and Producer members may reserve seats in advance [instructions]. Regular & Dual Members may redeem passes at the box office pending availability.