Oscars 2023: which film represents France?

While the 2023 Oscars ceremony will take place on March 12, a French film has been selected in the international feature film category. This is “Saint-Omer, directed by Alice Diop. And the least we can say is that this film has a string of awards.

If you still haven’t heard of it, it’s time to get up to speed. This Friday, September 23, the film “Saint-Omer” by director Alice Diop has been chosen to represent France at the 2023 Oscars ceremony, which will be held on March 12. It will be competed foru within the prestigious category of “international feature films”. In other words: the top of the gratin.

This choice is anything but trivial: Saint-Omer has just been rewarded at the Venice Film Festival, winning thee Grand Jury Prize in addition to that of the best first film. Inspired by a true story of a trial for infanticide, Saint-Omer seeks to explore “the great universal question” of our “relation to motherhood, affirmed Alice Diop during the prestigious Italian event. The theatrical release is scheduled for November 23.

Saint-Omer is Alice Diop’s first film

The synopsis is as follows: “Rama, a young novelist, attends the trial of Laurence Coly at the Assize Court of Saint-Omer. The latter is accused of having killed her fifteen-month-old daughter abandoning it at the rising tide on a beach in northern France. But during the trial, the word of the accused, the hearing of the testimonies make Rama’s certainties waver and question our judgment”. The film, centered on the trial, is directly inspired by a news item from 2013 and the trial that followed.

Saint-Omer is Alice Diop’s very first fiction. At 43, the latter had until now specialized in documentaries. Including “We”, which took the viewer to discover territories through the RER B. “Saint-Omer is “a powerful film, emblematic of the revival of French cinema that we are proud to have supported in particular through advances on receipts”, welcomed the boss of the CNC,

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Oscars 2023: which film represents France?