Le Concours (Paris)


☞ FILM: SPECIAL SCREENING ‘Le Concours’ (‘The Graduation’) (119 mins) followed by Q&A with director Claire Simon
DATE & TIME: Friday 16 June – film-themed cocktail (€4.50, or €6.00 with a packet of popcorn) available from 8pm; screening starts at 9pm
CINEMA: Studio 28, 10 rue Tholozé, Montmartre 75018 Paris
TICKETS: €9 full price; €7.50 for students and all other concessions. Available at the cinema only (please arrive early to avoid disappointment and bring cash as Studio 28 does not accept cards)


Lost in Frenchlation and the London International Documentary Festival (LIDF) have teamed up to bring you ‘Le Concours’ which won Best Documentary on Cinema award at the Venice Film Festival this year, and we are very pleased to announce that the director Claire Simon will be with us to discuss the film!

Le Concours shows the admission process of the most prestigious french film school, la Fémis, located just a few steps away from Studio 28 in Montmartre on the site of the former Pathé studios, and whose alumni include art house heavyweights Francois Ozon and Arnaud Desplechin. In a place of culture where generations intermingle, how do professionals determine who gets in and who doesn’t?

‘It is a journey that has been captured from the inside by Claire Simon in The Graduation, a film which was put together with warm simplicity and is utterly captivating.’ – Cineuropa

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. – Official Synopsis

The screening will take place at the amazing Studio 28 in the heart of Montmartre – Paris’ oldest cinema rooom which is also one of the city’s most iconic. Join us from 8pm for a cocktail available from the bar (€4.50, or €6.00 with a packet of popcorn) before the screening starts at 9pm. Tickets available on the door only – please arrive early to avoid disappointment!

Film Clip 1: https://youtu.be/TYn6JQw2mYY

Film Clip 2: https://youtu.be/Dh5VRINljUk

Join us at Cinema Studio 28 on Friday 16 June to enjoy ‘Le Concours’ with English subtitles and to attend Q&A with director Claire Simon, in true Parisian style – at the cinema!

* Claire Simon will also be joining us at our screening of ‘Le Concours’ at the Ciné Lumière of London on June 15.