France’s Oscar committee has selected Alice Diop’s “Saint-Omer” to represent the country in the international feature film race. Diop’s debut fiction feature “Saint-Omer” won the Silver Lion and the Lion of the Future at the Venice Film Festival. It will be released in the U.S. by Super, the boutique distribution label from Neon. Saint Omer” will premiere at the New York Film Festival and play the BFI London Festival.
“Saint Omer,” which Diop co-wrote with Amrita David and Marie NDiaye, stars Kayije Kagame, Guslagie Malanda, Valérie Dréville and Aurélia Petit. Toufik Ayadi and Christophe Barral of Srab Films produced alongside Arte France Cinéma and Pictanovo Hauts-de-France.
“Saint Omer” was one of five films that were pre-selected by the committee, along with Mia Hansen-Love’s “One Fine Morning” starring Lea Seydoux and acquired by Sony Pictures Classics; Eric Gravel’s drama “Full Time