At the Venice Film Festival, the French Alice Diop twice rewarded

In “Saint Omer”, Alice Diop was inspired by a true story of a trial for infanticide.

MOVIE THEATER – “ We won’t be silent anymore “. The French filmmaker Alice Diop did a double this Saturday, September 10 in Venice by winning the Grand Jury Prize and the first film prize for his first fiction, “Saint-Omer”inspired by a news item and the trial that followed.

“I have no more words”said the filmmaker, very moved, receiving her award and highlighting her feminist fight, in particular the one “women of color” : “Silence will not protect us. We won’t be silent anymore”she promised.

Inspired of a true story of a trial for infanticide, “Saint Omer” seeks to explore “the great universal question” of our “relation to motherhood”.

The director until now specialized in documentaries, César 2017 for her short film “Towards tenderness”told AFP during the festival that he used “a news item of sordid appearance to go and question something much larger, which is the relationship that all women and all men have with motherhood”.

Laurence Coly, the protagonist of the film played by Guslagie Malanda, is a Senegalese immigrant accused of having killed her 15-month-old baby by abandoning her on a beach in northern France at rising tide.

The film focuses on the trial, which Alice Diop attended. “I was obsessed with this story from the start (…) I was really very upset, flabbergasted, crossed by a lot of quite intimate things about my relationship with motherhood”, she confided. The film will be released in France on November 23.

A poignant track record

The Venice Film Festival also shone the spotlight on the opiate drama by crowning “All the Beauty and the Bloodshed”a documentary on photographer Nan Goldin and her relentless fight against this health scandal which has claimed hundreds of thousands of lives in the United States.

The jury chaired by actress Julianne Moore thus awarded its Golden Lion to the director, Laura Poitras, 58, and thus crowned a third director in a row, after the French Audrey Diwan last year (“The Event”) and Chinese-American Chloé Zhao (“Nomadland”) in 2020.

The acting awards were presented to stars from the red carpets, Cate Blanchett (“Tár”) and Colin Farrell (“The Banshees of Inisherin”).

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