The Graduation

  • Documentary
  • 2016
  • 115 Minutes
  • France
  • Language: French

With THE GRADUATION, the director delves into the daily life of the Parisian cinema school, la Fémis, where a specific Republican ideal applies and entry into which can be summed up as follows: "everyone’s equal, but only the best gets in…"
Through the admission process, the hard work all year and the graduation exams, THE GRADUATION establishes a portrait of our relationship to excellency in Art, showing how a profession chooses its inheritors.

Director: Claire Simon

Production Company: Andolfi



2016: London Film Festival

2017: True/False Film Fest, True Vision Award

Venice Film Festival, Venezia Classici Award: Best Documentary on Cinema

Cast and Crew

DOP / Camera: Claire Simon

Editor: Luc Forveille

Sound: Olivier Hespel, Nathalie Vidal

Producer: Dommerc Arnaud


Claire Simon

Claire Simon is scripwriter, ac-tress, photographer, editor and director. Her career is mostly focused on documentaries and to her, if “triviality contains fiction”, being a filmmaker means finding it. At All Costs (1995)/ A Foreign Body (1997)/ Mimi (2003)/ It burns (2006)/ Gods Offices (2008)/ Gare du Nord (2013)/ Human Geography (2013)/ The Woods Dreams Are Made of (2016)

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