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20TH edition NOVEMBER 24 TO DECEMBER 2, 2023

Saint Omer

Alice Diop


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Director's Biography

French screenwriter and director Alice Diop was born in 1979. After studying history and visual sociology at the Sorbonne, she began her career as a documentary f ilmmaker. Her short and medium-length films, which have been selected for and awarded prizes at numerous festivals, include Les Sénégalaises et la Sénégauloise (2007), La Mort de Danton (2011), La Permanence (2016) and Towards Tenderness (2016), which won the César Award for Best Short Film in 2017. Diop’s featurelength documentary We (2020) won the Encounters Award for Best Film in at the Berlin International Film Festival in 2021. Saint Omer is her feature-length fiction f ilm debut.

Sat 19 / 16h00 / Salle des Ambassadeurs

In the presence of the film crew

At the Saint Omer court of law, Rama, a young novelist, attends the trial of Laurence Coly, a young woman accused of killing her fifteen-month-old daughter by abandoning her to the rising tide on a beach in northern France. As the trial progresses, the statements of the accused and the testimony of witnesses shake Rama’s convictions—and call our judgement into question.

Director : Alice Diop
Producer : Toufik Ayadi, Christophe Barral
Screenwriter : Alice Diop, Amrita David, Marie Ndiaye
Cinematographer : Claire Mathon
Production Designer : Anna Le Mouel 
Editor : Amrita David
Sound : Dana Farzanehpour, Josefina Rodrigues, Lucile Demarquet, Emmanuel Croset

Kayije Kagame, Guslagie Malanda, Valérie Dréville, Aurélia Petit, Robert Cantarella

Production Company : Srab Films
International Sales : Wild Bunch
Distributor : Teleview