|Music:||Vercors – David André|
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CAT&DOCS 18 rue Quincampoix , #133 F-75004 Paris, France, +33 1 44 61 77 48
82' / 2014 / France
English and spanish subtitled
Audience vote 7.39
In France, students in their last year of highschool are faced with two major challenges: applying to college and passing the baccalaureat exam, a cumulative test in different subjects that requires many months of preparation. Tracking five such pupils from September through June as they plan their futures and get ready for finals, David Andre reveals the ups and downs of 17-year-old Gallic life, though he does it by introducing a slew of song-and-dance numbers that the kids stage throughout the film.
Shot in the distressed seaside town of Boulogne-sur-Mer (the setting of the Alain Resnais classic Muriel), this touching year long chronicle mixes the hard facts of growing up with several show stopping numbers that were written and performed by the teenagers themselves.
FIPA d’or / COLCOA / San Francisco IFF
Bachelor degree in History, Master degree in journalism, former reporter, David Andre is a French documentarist and producer, recipient of the Albert Londres Prize.
He collaborates to different print magazines (such as Actuel, Les Inrockuptibles, Le Monde Magazine, Marie Claire and Grazia) and is also a composer / songwriter for several French artists.
He is the author and director of numerous documentaries : Kidnapped and ransom (Grand Prize of the FIGRA in 2000 and the Best Documentary Award of the BANFF Festival (Canada); American paradox (Arte); Des Armes à abattre (with Paul Moreira, Investigative Prize at the FIGRA, Arte); Gamers; verlasting Sorrow (Albert Londres Prize, Human Rights Award at Thessaloniki Festival); Who killed the press; Priests in love; The Strategists : the secret story of the French presidential elections (finalist at the Lauriers de l'Audiovisuel 2013); We did it on song, Fipa d’or 2014, Best documentary at Lauriers de l’Audiovisuel 2015, selected in numerous festivals.