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Inside #MeToo’s Lasting Impact in France

For France’s premiere film and television trade industry publication, it wasn’t a good look.  The cover photo of the Sept. 30 issue of Le Film Français, a must-read for Gallic filmmakers, featured seven men — Pathé President Jérome Seydoux, surrounded by actors Vincent Cassel, Pierre Niney, François Civil and Pio Marmaï, and actor-directors Guillaume Canet and Danny […]

Oscars: France Picks ‘Saint Omer’ as International Feature Submission

France has picked Alice Diop’s courtroom drama Saint Omer as its contender for the 2023 Oscar race in the best international feature category. Diop’s first narrative feature (her previous films, including Berlin Festival Encounters winner We (2021) were documentaries), Saint Omer is a dramatization of the 2016 real-life trial of Fabienne Kanou, a Franco-Senegalese mother […]

Venice: Alice Diop Discusses Her Stunning Fictional Film Debut ‘Saint Omer’

[The following story contains spoilers from Saint Omer.] Acclaimed French documentarian Alice Diop makes a strong transition to the narrative feature with Saint Omer, her first fictional film, premiering this week in the Venice Film Festival’s main competition.  The film follows Rama (Kayije Kagame), a pregnant young novelist who attends the trial of Laurence Coly (Guslagie Malanda), […]

‘Saint Omer’ Review: Alice Diop Crafts a Spellbinding Courtroom Drama

In her narrative feature debut, competing for the top Venice prize, the director of ‘Nous’ chronicles the trial of a Franco-Senegalese mother who committed infanticide.