France Picks ‘Saint Omer’ as Oscars International Film Submission – The Hollywood Reporter

Alice Diop’s court drama has been selected by France 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 the Berlin Festival Encounters winner we are (2021) documentaries), Saint Omer A 2016 dramatization of the real-life trial of a Franco-Senegalese mother accused of infanticide with a gifted IQ.

Saint Omer It heads into awards season after an impressive bow at the Venice Film Festival, where it won the Diop Grand Jury Prize and the trophy for Best Debut Feature. Neon is releasing the film statewide through its super label.

Saint Omer Chosen by France’s national cinema body, the CNC, beat out four other shortlisted candidates for their Oscar potential: One fine morning By Mia Hansen-Lowe, directed by Eric Gravel full timeAlice Winocours Memories of Paris And are badBy directors Lise Acocca and Roman Guerret.

France has not won an Oscar for Best International Film since Regis Wargnier Indochina In 1993, this year the Academy overhauled its system for selecting films to send for consideration. The new system will let international sales agents and US distributors know which film will pick up the majority of shortlisted films.

The Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences will announce the 15-film shortlist of international film nominees on December 21. The five nominated films will be announced on January 24. The 95th Academy Awards will be held on March 12 in Los Angeles.

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