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France Submits Alice Diop’s Venice Winner “Saint Omer” as its International Oscar Pick

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Alice Diop’s first narrative characteristic is eyeing an Oscar nomination. Deadline stories that France has submitted “Saint Omer,” this yr’s winner of Venice Movie Competition’s Silver Lion Grand Jury prize and Luigi De Laurentis First Movie Award, as its entry in one of the best worldwide movie class on the 2023 Academy Awards. The drama simply made its North American premiere on the Toronto Worldwide Movie Competition.

Penned by Diop, Amrita David, and Marie NDiaye, “Saint Omer” is loosely primarily based on actual occasions and tells the story of a novelist (Kayije Kagame) who attends the trial of a Senegalese girl (Guslagie Malanga) accused of infanticide.

Notably, 4 titles on France’s shortlist for the consideration have been directed or co-directed by girls. Becoming a member of “Saint Omer” have been Alice Winocour’s “Paris Memories,” Mia Hansen-Løve’s “One Fine Morning,” and Lise Asoka and Roman Gueret’s “The Worst Ones.”

Different titles within the working for the Worldwide Oscar embody Marie Kreutzer’s “Corsage” and Carla Simon’s “Alcarràs.” The previous is representing Austria and the latter Spain.

Oscar nominations will probably be introduced February 8 and the ceremony is slated to happen March 27.

Apart from “Saint Omer,” Diop is finest identified for “We” (“Nous”), a 2021 documentary shining a light-weight on individuals and communities linked by the RER B commuter prepare in Paris.

“Saint Omer” will make its U.S. premiere at NYFF October 3.

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