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photo © Lichtblick Media/Börres Weiffenbach

687 candidates, 10 places, 9 instructors in 10 days. Year for year, the entrance exam at the National Acting School in Hanover is a special challenge for the candidates, but it is also an extraordinary endurance test for the staff. In the battle for the best talent, the examiners are just as passionately involved as the candidates themselves in filling the few coveted admissions.

Up close and personal with the instructors and professors, the film focuses on an unknown side of the process, that of the examination committee. The viewers have the opportunity to form their own opinion of the selection and assessment criteria. Conventional perceptions of the examiners and the candidates are shaken and the viewers get to know the members of the commission as human beings, who constantly question themselves and their standards and fight for their personal favorites.

For the first time in Germany, such a committee opens up to the camera. Three years of preparation were necessary before all academy doors were opened to filmmaker Till Harms. A unique behind-the-scenes look at university operations, an unfiltered view of the dream job of an actor in a microcosm of hope, professional demands, and pugnacious colleagues.
Genre Art, Educational, Theater
Category Documentary
Year of Production 2016
Director Till Harms
Screenplay Till Harms
Cinematography Börres Weiffenbach, Anne Misselwitz, Istvan Imreh
Producer Martin Heisler
Production Company Flare Film
Runtime 96 min
Format DCP, DVD, color
Subtitled Version English
Festivals Berlinale 2016 (Perspektive Deutsches Kino)
With backing from Nordmedia

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