Diop’s first narrative characteristic (her earlier movies, together with Berlin Competition Encounters winner We (2021) have been documentaries), Saint Omer is a dramatization of the 2016 real-life trial of Fabienne Kanou, a Franco-Senegalese mom with a genius-level IQ accused of committing infanticide.
Saint Omer heads into awards season after a formidable bow on the Venice Movie Competition, the place it gained Diop the Grand Jury prize in addition to the trophy for greatest debut characteristic. Neon is releasing the movie stateside by way of its Tremendous label.
Saint Omer beat out the opposite 4 shortlisted candidates chosen by France’s nationwide cinema physique, the CNC for his or her Oscar potential: One Tremendous Morning by Mia Hansen-Løve, the Éric Gravel-directed Full Time, Alice Winocour’s Paris Reminiscences and The Worst Ones, by administrators Lise Akoka and Romane Gueret.
France, which has not gained an Oscar for greatest worldwide movie since Régis Wargnier’s Indochine in 1993, this 12 months overhauled its system for choosing which movies it sends for Academy consideration. The brand new system, offers worldwide gross sales brokers and U.S. distributors of shortlisted movies extra say in what movie will get picked.
The Academy of Movement Footage Arts and Sciences will announce a 15-film shortlist of worldwide characteristic movie nominees on Dec. 21. The 5 nominated movies can be introduced on Jan. 24. The ninety fifth Academy Awards will happen in Los Angeles on March 12.