Friday, January 13, 2023
Ends Thursday, Feb. 23!
Oscar Shortlisted for Best International Feature Film at the 95th Academy Awards
Venice Film Festival Winner – Silver Lion, Best Debut Film
Prix Jean Vigo Winner
Best International Film Nominee – Film Independent Spirit Awards and Gotham Awards
Top 10 Film of 2022 – Film Comment, Sight and Sound, Richard Brody, Dana Stevens, Vulture, Variety
Rama (Kayije Kagame), a successful journalist and author living in Paris, has come to Saint Omer, a town in the north of France, to attend the trial of a young Senegalese woman, Laurence Coly (Guslagie Malanda), who allegedly murdered her baby daughter. Although she admits to killing the child, she cannot or will not provide motivation, claiming it was a kind of sorcery out of her control. Rama’s plan to write about Laurence in a book inspired by the Medea myth increasingly unravels as she becomes overwhelmed by the case and reckons with memories of her immigrant mother as well as her own impending motherhood. In her consummate fiction feature debut, Alice Diop (We) constructs an arresting yet highly sensitive, superbly acted film of constantly revealing layers. Saint Omer is at once a tense courtroom drama, a work of abstracted psychological portraiture, an inquiry into human agency, and a provocative examination of the limits of myth and cross-cultural knowledge. An NYFF60 Main Slate selection. A SUPER release.
Watch the NYFF60 Q&As below.