Saint Omer: Alice Diop’s Venice Film Fest Winner Acquired by Neon (Courtroom Drama, Women, Pregnancy)

Alice Diop’s Venice Winner ‘Saint Omer’

Neon’s label acquired the Silver Lion and Jury Prize winner ahead of a U.S. premiere at the New York Film Festival.

The film picked up the Silver Lion Grand Jury Prize, played in Toronto and is headed to a U.S. premiere at the New York Film Festival.

Diop co-wrote her debut fiction feature alongside Amrita David and Marie Ndiaye.

Saint Omer stars Kayije Kagame, Guslagie Malanda, Valérie Dréville and Aurélia Petit.

The courtroom drama follows Rama (Kagame), a pregnant young novelist who attends the trial of Laurence Coly (Malanda), a Senegalese woman accused of murdering her baby by leaving her on a beach to be swept away by the tide.

However, as she learns more about Coly’s life, she becomes increasingly anxious about her own memories and pregnancy.

Diop had already won several honors, including the Berlin Film Festival’s best documentary award for Nous.