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Alice Diop

Saint Omer

Officiële Selectie – In Competitie 122' - 2022 - Drama - Dialogue: French
Director: Alice Diop With: Kayije Kagame, Guslagie Malanga, Aurélia Petit
Documentary filmmaker Alice Diop makes her fiction debut with Saint Omer. By far the most exciting courtroom drama in years.
Saint-Omer court of law. Young novelist Rama attends the trial of Laurence Coly, 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 Rama’s convictions and call into question our own judgement.
Saint Omer is built around its clever handle on notions of suppression: suppression of information; feelings; certainty. Lauded documentarian Alice Diop’s first foray into fiction filmmaking carefully curates what is shown and what is not, as it toys with the viewer’s expectations by delaying character introductions, floating unclaimed voices into the frame, and focusing on half-truths turned whole by the human inclination to turn speculation into fact. Based on the real-life case of Fabienne Kabou, a French-Senegalese Philosophy student who killed her 15-month-old daughter by leaving her to drown on a beach in northern France, the film takes place almost entirely inside a solemn courtroom.” - Little White Lies

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Credits

Director

Alice Diop

With

Kayije Kagame, Guslagie Malanga, Aurélia Petit

Scenario

Alice Diop, Marie N'Diaye, Amrita David

Director of Photography

Claire Mathon

Editor

Amrita David

Producer

Toufik Ayadi, Christophe Barral

Production studios

Srab Films vorm

Distributor

Cherry Pickers

More information

Dialogue

French

Countries of production

France

Year

2022

Filmography

Alice Diop
La Tour du Monde (2005), Clichy pour l'Exemple (2006), Les Sénégalaises et la Sénégauloise (2007), La Mort de Danton (2011), Towards Tenderness (short, 2016), La Permanence (2016), We (2022), Saint Omer (2022)

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