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Saint Omer
Venice
Grand Jury Prize
2022
Venice
Best Debut Film
2022
Saint-Omer court of law. Young novelist Rama attends the trial of Laurence Coly, a young woman accused of killing her 15-month-old daughter by abandoning her to the rising tide on a beach in northern France. But as the trial continues, the words of the accused and witness testimonies will shake Rama’s convictions and call into question our own judgement.
In this extraordinary narrative debut by acclaimed documentarian Alice Diop, a young novelist is forced to confront her personal traumas as she observes the trial of a woman accused of infanticide. For the past decade, award-winning documentarian Alice Diop has turned her camera on the injustices and intimate stories of immigrant communities on the peripheries of Paris in a meaningful act of recentring. With Saint Omer, her astonishing narrative feature debut, she brings her typical sensitivity and rigour to a story liberally adapted from a 2013 fait divers, in which a woman allegedly placed her 15-month-old daughter on a beach in northern France, abandoning her to the high tide. This progressively claustrophobic courtroom drama is told through the stoic point of view of Rama (played with restrained intensity by a superb Kayije Kagame), a young novelist working on a contemporary retelling of the ancient Medea myth. Pregnant herself and increasingly uneasy, Rama’s own family history, doubts, and fears about motherhood are steadily dislodged as the life story of the accused woman, Laurence Coly (an extraordinary Guslagie Malanda), is gradually revealed. From a stern upbringing in Senegal to gradual isolation from family and society on her arrival in Europe, Coly’s experiences expose the traumas of racism and emotional manipulation that can remain unspoken while insidiously and irrevocably corroding a person’s well-being.
Program
Directed by
Alice Diop
Written by
Amrita David, Alice Diop, Marie N'Diaye
Edited by
Amrita David
Cinematography
Claire Mathon
Sound by
Emmanuel Croset
Music by
Thibault Deboaisne
Starring
Kayije Kagame, Guslagie Malanda, Aurélia Petit, Xavier Maly, Thomas de Pourquery, Valérie Dréville
Original title
Saint Omer
English title
Saint Omer
Year
2022
Country
France
Language
FR
Subtitles
CZ
Running time
122 min
Genre
Drama
Age rating
15+
Release date
30. 5. 2024
CS/SK Distributor
Film Europe
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Jury award

Film Saint Omer je útrpným rozjímaním o prisťahovaleckej skúsenosti ženy, ktorý stavia matku pred súd a divákov do porotnej lavice, aby našli ľudskosť v neľudskom. Režisérka sa prostredníctvom sofistikovane budovanej štruktúry príbehu  a postáv neustále zahráva s pojmom „obeť“ a núti diváka opakovane spochybňovať svoj postoj. Emocionálna rezervovanosť hereckých výkonov, vizuálne uchopenie, ťažkosť a subtilnosť tohto pokojne plynúceho filmu z neho robia mimoriadny zážitok. Strhujúce súdne konanie sa dotýka rasovej, triednej, rodovej aj kultúrnej problematiky bez potreby poučovať, ale naopak empaticky pochopiť.  Film taktiež originálnym spôsobom spracováva tému nevysloviteľného tajomstva materstva a skúma vzťah k našim vlastným matkám a deťom prostredníctvom osobného prežitku. Saint Omer exceluje po scenáristickej, formálnej aj autorskej stránke a preto mu tohtoročná porota udeľuje cenu Najlepší film.

Terézia Halamová, studentka katedry režie na FAMU

 

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Media reception

The Guardian
★★★★★ „An extraordinary experience.“
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Little White Lies
★★★★★ „The standard for ‘Best of 2023’ lists has already been set.“
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