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La Voie Royale

La Voie Royale

Original name: La Voie Royale
English name: The Path of Excellence
Year: 2023
Run time: 107 mins
Language: French
Type (Colour/ Black & white): Colour
Country: France, Switzerland
Director: Frédéric Mermoud
Producers: Véronique Zerdoun, Jean-Stéphane Bron, Lionel Baer
Cast: Suzanne Jouannet, Marie Colomb, Maud Wyler, Cyril Metzger, Marilyne Canto
Screenplay: Anton Likiernik, Frédéric Mermoud, Salvatore Lista
Cinematographer: Tristan Tortuyaux
Editor: Sarah Anderson
Music Composer: Audrey Ismaël
Sound Designer: Balthasar Jucker, Etienne Curchod
Production Company: Tabo Tabo Films, Bande à Part Films
World Sales: Pyramide


  • Locarno IFF 2023
  • Tallinn Black Nights FF 2023

Director’s Selected Filmography:

  • 2016 Moka
  • 2009 Partners
  • 2007 Le Créneau (Short)
  • 2006 Rachel (Short)
  • 2003 L’escalier (Short)
  • 1998 Son Jour À Elle (Short)

Director's Biography:

Frédéric Mermoud

After a Master's degree in philosophy from the University of Geneva and a filmmaking diploma, Frédéric Mermoud directed several acclaimed short films, including L'escalier and the César-nominated Rachel. In 2009, his first feature film, Partners, was presented in competition at Locarno IFF, and won the Best Screenplay Award for a Swiss film. In 2012, he directed episodes of the cult Canal + series The Returned, which won an International Emmy Award. He returned to cinema in 2016 with Moka, which was a critical and public success. The Path Of Excellence is his third feature film.


Sophie is a brilliant student. Encouraged by her math teacher, she leaves the family farm to try her chance at the entrance exam for top rated schools by enrolling in a preparatory science class. Going through new encounters, challenges, failures and fierce competition, Sophie realizes that entering the prestigious engineering school of Polytechnique, is not just a question of competition, but a challenge of climbing the social ladder.