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Saint Omer

  Alice Diop

  France     122 minutes


Acclaimed documentarian Alice Diop turns to narrative fiction with this powerful and subtly devastating courtroom drama. Traveling to the northern French town of Saint-Omer to research her new book, Rama observes the trial of Laurence Coly, a Senegalese woman accused of infanticide; Laurence has confessed to the crime but maintains her innocence, arguing that she was under the influence of powerful sorcerous magic at the time. The disturbing facts of the case, uncovered piece by piece, trigger in Rama a cascading flood of memories about her own childhood and mother. Nuanced and patient, this profound character study is also a poignant examination of cultural memory, inherited trauma, and unspoken violence.


58th Chicago International Film Festival Silver Hugo: Best Screenplay. Learn more…

 French with subtitles 

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Film Credits

  •   Toufik Ayadi, Christophe Barral
  •   Alice Diop, Amrita David, Marie NDiaye
  •   Amrita David
  •   Anna Le Mouel
  •   Claire Mathon (A.F.C)
  •   Kayije Kagame, Guslagie Malanda, Valérie Dréville, Aurélia Petit
  •   Dana Farzanepour, Josefina Rodriguez, Lucile Demarquet, Emmanuel Croset
  •   Srab Films


Film Patron

Robert & Penelope Steiner Family Foundation

International Competition Patron

Jacolyn and John Bucksbaum Family Foundation