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Saint Omer

Venezia 79 Competition

Director:
Alice Diop
Production:
Srab Films (Toufik Ayadi, Christophe Barral), Arte France Cinéma, Pictanovo Hauts-de-France
Running Time:
123’
Language:
French
Country:
France
Main Cast:
Kayije Kagame, Guslagie Malanda, Valérie Dréville, Aurélia Petit
Screenplay:
Alice Diop, Amrita David, Marie NDiaye
Cinematographer:
Claire Mathon
Editor:
Amrita David
Production Designer:
Anna Le Mouel
Costume Designer:
Annie Melza Tiburce
Sound:
Dana Farzanehpour, Josefina Rodriguez, Lucile Demarquet, Emmanuel Croset
Note:Age 14+

Synopsis

Saint-Omer court of law. Young novelist Rama attends the trial of Laurence Coly, a young woman accused of killing her 15-month-old daughter by abandoning her to the rising tide on a beach in northern France. But as the trial continues, the words of the accused and witness testimonies will shake Rama’s convictions and call into question our own judgement.

Director’s Statement

In June 2016, I attended the trial of a woman who killed her baby daughter by dropping her off at high tide on a beach in France. I imagined that she wanted to offer her to the ‘sea’, a more powerful ‘mother’ than she could be. Inspired by a true story, but fueled by an imagination that summoned mythological figures, I wrote this film: the story of a young novelist who attends the trial of an infanticidal mother with the aim of writing a contemporary version of the Medea myth. But nothing will happen as she had planned. The opacity of the accused will constantly return her to her own ambiguity about motherhood. It is a film that I wanted to make to probe the unspeakable mystery of mothers.

Production/Distribution

PRODUCTION: Toufik Ayadi, Christophe Barral – SRAB FILMS
76 rue Myrha
75018 – Paris, France
Tel. +33 973525658
clemence@srabfilms.com
http://www.srabfilms.fr

OTHER COPRODUCTIONS: ARTE FRANCE CINÉMA (France) / PICTANOVO HAUTS-DE-FRANCE (France)

WORLD SALES: Flavien Eripret – WILD BUNCH INTERNATIONAL
65 rue de Dunkerque
75009 – Paris, France
Tel. +33 143132126
feripret@wbinter.eu
http://www.wildbunch.biz

ITALIAN DISTRIBUTION: Ilaria Ricci – MINERVA PICTURES
Via Marcella 6
00153 – Roma, Italia
Tel. +393286122100
i.ricci@minervapictures.com
https://www.minervapictures.com

PRESS OFFICE: Viviana Andriani, Aurelie Dard – RENDEZ-VOUS PR
75 rue des Martyrs
75018 – Paris, France
Tel. +33 142663635
viviana@rv-press.com
festival@rv-press.com

ITALIAN PRESS OFFICE: Pierluigi Manzo – MANZOPICCIRILLO
Via Emanuele Filiberto
00185 – Roma, Italia
Mob. +39 3470133173
info@manzopiccirillo.com


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