France has chosen Alice Diop’s judicial drama Saint Omer as its contender for the 2023 Oscars race in the category of best international feature film.
Diop’s first narrative feature film (his previous films, including the Berlin Festival winner Encounters Us (2021) were documentaries), Saint Omer is a dramatization of the real-life 2016 trial of Fabienne Kanou, a Franco-Senegalese mother with a genius IQ accused of committing infanticide.
Saint Omer heads into awards season after an impressive bow at the Venice Film Festival, where it won the Diop Grand Jury Award as well as the Best First Feature trophy. Neon is releasing the film in the United States through its Super label.
Saint Omer it beat out the other four shortlisted candidates selected by France’s national film body, the CNC for its Oscar potential: a good morning by Mia Hansen-Løve, the film directed by Éric Gravel Full timeby Alice Winocour memories of paris Y the worstby directors Lise Akoka and Romane Gueret.
France, which has not won an Oscar for best international film since Régis Wargnier IndoChina in 1993, this year it revised its system for selecting which films it submits for Academy consideration. The new system gives international sales agents and US distributors of shortlisted films more say in which film is selected.
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences will announce a list of 15 international feature film nominees on December 21. The five nominated films will be announced on January 24. The 95th Academy Awards will take place in Los Angeles on March 12. .
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