Our conversation, edited and condensed for clarity, follows.
They have less pressure.
There were no digital cameras in the school in 2003.Youve been part of the faculty at La Fémis in the past.But, yes, I remember once showing a film, maybe it was in a documentary class or something.That exploration of performance is familiar territory for Simon; in addition to her highly respected documentaries (which include 1998s.But we agreed, and he liked the film.Claire Simons films havent been released theatrically in the US before now, but thats changing with The Competition.The Competition is very much about that specific French school, but its also about the kinds of performances that people put on when theyre trying to impress strangers whether its students trying to charm admissions officers who will help determine their future, or interview subjects.After a month, I said, Its going to be only the competition.Even with The Competition, at the beginning, when I went to see the director of the school, I told him, Im leaving the faculty at La Fémis, and I want to make concours d'entrée ecole educateur specialise a film.People will fund a documentary that calls for political action, or something like that.The Competition, its hard to believe its taken so long for Simons documentaries in particular to reach America theyre similar in nature to the work of the greatest American documentarians, including directors like.
Alissa Wilkinson During that time, camera phones became more prevalent, right?
It doesnt matter whether its going to be shown in festival its how this film is working.He wanted to make a film about the school.Programme Égalité des chances Donnez-vous toutes les chances doser La Fémis!I recently talked to the director in New York, just before.I worked there for 10 years, and I wanted to show a little bit.Alissa Wilkinson Part of the problem may be that critics tend to write about documentaries only in terms of their content, and not talking about them as films.