Alice Diop’s film “Saint-Omer” will represent France at the Oscars – France

The film “Saint-Omer”, twice awarded in early September at the Venice Film Festival, by director Alice Diop has been chosen to represent France at the 2023 Oscars, the National Cinema Center (CNC) announced on Friday.

The 95th Academy Awards will take place on March 12, 2023 in Los Angeles. Previously will be unveiled, on December 21, 2022, a pre-selection of 15 foreign films selected by the Academy of Oscars, before the five finalist films, on January 24, 2023.

Based on a true story

Inspired by a true story of a trial for infanticide, “Saint-Omer” seeks to explore “the great universal question” of our “relationship to motherhood”, affirmed the director during the Mostra.

His film tells the story of Laurence Coly, played by Guslagie Malanda, a Senegalese immigrant accused of having killed her 15-month-old baby by abandoning her on a northern beach at rising tide. The film, centered on the trial, is directly inspired by a news item from 2013 and the trial that followed.

This is the first fiction of the 43-year-old director, until then specializing in documentaries, including the remarkable “We” (2021), which took the viewer to meet a territory – that crossed by the RER B – and its inhabitants.

“A Powerful Movie”

Winner of the Grand Jury Prize and the prize for the first film in Venice, Saint-Omer is “a powerful film, emblematic of the revival of French cinema which we are proud to have accompanied in particular by the advance on receipts”, congratulated the boss of the CNC, Dominique Boutonnat, quoted in the press release. It will be released in theaters on November 23.

The last French film to win the Oscar for best international film was “Indochine” by Régis Wargnier, in 1993.

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