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“Saint-Omer” by Alice Diop presented by the CNC to represent France at the Oscars

This feature film acclaimed for two awards at the Venice Film Festival can compete for the Oscars next January.

The movie Saint OmerTwice awarded at the beginning of September at the Venice Film Festival, by director Alice Diop has been chosen to represent France at the 2023 Oscars, the National Film Center (CNC) announced this Friday.

The 95th Academy Awards will take place on March 12, 2023, in Los Angeles. Previously, a shortlist of 15 foreign films selected by the Academy of the Oscars will be announced on December 21, 2022, before the five finalist films on January 24, 2023. Therefore, Saint-Omer will have to convince voters to compete during the American high. movie crowd. .

Inspired by a true story

Inspired by a true story of an infanticide trial, Saint Omer it seeks to explore the “universal question” of the “relationship with motherhood”, the director affirmed during the Mostra.

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

This is the first feature film by the 43-year-old director, until then specialized in documentaries whose Us (2021), which took the viewer to meet a territory -the one crossed by the RER B- and its inhabitants.

An “emblematic film of the renewal of French cinema”

Winner of the Grand Jury Prize and the First Film Prize in Venice, Saint Omer it is “a powerful film, emblematic of the renaissance of French cinema that we are proud to have accompanied, in particular, by the advance on receipts”, welcomed the head of the CNC, Dominique Boutonnat, quoted in the press release. It will hit theaters on November 23.

At the end of July, the CNC reviewed the organization of its commission in charge of selecting the French film for the Oscars. From now on, the commission is made up of seven professionals appointed each year by the Minister of Culture, Rima Abdul-Malak, at the proposal of the president of the CNC.

The last French film to win the Oscar for best international film was IndoChina by Regis Wargnier, in 1993. Titanium by Julia Ducournau, tricolor representative in 2022, had not been shortlisted by the Academy for the Oscars.

Author: BP with AFP
Source: BFM TV

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