October 14

SAINT OMER, Alice Diop’s riveting Venice Silver Lion prizewinner

SAINT OMER Directed by Alice Diop (We)**WINNER – SILVER LION – GRAND JURY PRIZE – VENICE INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL****WINNER – LION OF THE FUTURE, BEST DEBUT FILM – VENICE INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL**EXTRAORDINARY. A quietly momentous French courtroom drama that subtly but radically rewrites the rules of the game.”– Jessica Kiang, Variety“SPELLBINDING. A well of revelations about whom society chooses to understand and empathize with.” – Lovia Gyarkye, The Hollywood ReporterSTUNNING. [A] deeply nuanced treatise on the tragedy of motherhood.”–  Rafa Sales Ross, Little White Lies“A captivating, soul-shattering work overflowing with gentle sympathy” – Robert Daniels, PlaylistRama (Kayije Kagame), a successful journalist and author living in Paris, has come to Saint Omer, a town in the north of France, to attend the trial of a young Senegalese woman, Laurence Coly (Guslagie Malanga), who allegedly murdered her baby daughter. Although she admits to killing the child, she cannot or will not provide motivation, claiming it was a kind of sorcery out of her control. Rama’s plan to write about Laurence in a book inspired by the Medea myth increasingly unravels as she becomes overwhelmed by the case, and reckons with memories of her immigrant mother as well as her own impending motherhood. In her consummate fiction feature debut, Alice Diop (We) constructs an arresting yet highly sensitive, superbly acted film of constantly revealing layers. Saint Omer is at once a tense courtroom drama, a work of abstracted psychological portraiture, an inquiry into human agency, and a provocative examination of the limits of myth and cross-cultural knowledge. Synopsis courtesy NYFF Directed By: Alice Diop (We)Written By: Alice Diop, Amrita David, Marie Ndiaye Cinematography By: Claire Mathon Starring: Kayije Kagame, Guslagie Malanda, Valérie Dréville, Aurélia Petit Produced By: Srab Films – Toufik Ayadi, Christophe BarralTRT: 118 minSales: Wild Bunch (International) CAA Media Finance (North America)