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Saint Omer (2022)

Opens on January 13

Director: Alice Diop Run Time: 123 min. Rating: NR Release Year: 2022

Starring: Atillahan Karagedik, Aurélia Petit, Ege Guner, Guslagie Malanga, Kayije Kagame

Country: France
Language: French

About the film:

Silver Lion Grand Jury prize and Luigi De Laurentiis Lion of the Future award, 2022 Venice Film Festival.
Official Selection, 2022 Toronto International Film Festival
Shortlisted for Best International Feature Film at the 95th Academy Awards

Saint-Omer court of law. A novelist attends the trial of a young woman accused of killing her 15-month-old daughter by abandoning her to the rising tide on a beach in northern France. But as the trial continues, the words of the accused and witness testimonies will shake convictions and call into question our own judgement.

France selected Saint Omer (2022) as its official submission for Best International Feature at the 2023 Academy Awards.

About the filmmaker:

Alice Diop is an acclaimed French filmmaker of Senegalese origin who makes films about contemporary French society and cultural diversity. She earned a Masters in history, a Doctorate in visual sociology, and studied documentary filmmaking at La Femis film school. Since 2005, she has written and directed award-winning short and feature documentaries, including La mort de Danton (2011), the César Award winning Vers la tendresse (2015), On Call (2016), and We (2021), winner of Best Film in the Encounters section at the 2021 Berlin International Film Festival. Inspired by a true story, the legal drama Saint Omer (2022) is Diop’s first narrative feature after working as a documentary filmmaker.

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