Alice Diop’s first narrative function is eyeing an Oscar nomination. Deadline reports that France has submitted “Saint Omer,” this 12 months’s winner of Venice Film Festival’s Silver Lion Grand Jury prize and Luigi De Laurentis First Film 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 International Film Festival.
Penned by Diop, Amrita David, and Marie NDiaye, “Saint Omer” is loosely based mostly 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 had been directed or co-directed by girls. Joining “Saint Omer” had been Alice Winocour’s “Paris Memories,” Mia Hansen-Lve’s “One Fine Morning,” andLise Asoka and Roman Guerets “The Worst Ones.”
Other titles within the operating for the International Oscar embraceMarie Kreutzers Corsage and Carla Simons Alcarrs.” The former is representing Austria and the latter Spain.
Oscar nominations might be introduced February 8 and the ceremony is slated to happen March 27.
Besides “Saint Omer,” Diop is finest identified for We (Nous), a 2021 documentary shining a lightweight on folks and communities related by the RER B commuter practice in Paris.
“Saint Omer” will make its U.S. premiere at NYFF October 3.