EXCLUSIVE: French director Alice Diop’s breakout characteristic Saint Omer has secured distribution in a raft of territories for Paris-based Wild Bunch Worldwide (WBI) following its Venice Silver Lion Grand Jury Prize win.
In Western Europe, the movie has been offered to the U.Okay. (Picturehouse), Italy (Minerva Footage), Spain (Surtsey Movies), Greece (One From The Coronary heart), Benelux (Cherry Pickers Movie Distribution), Switzerland (Cineworx) and Pan-Scandinavia (Edge Leisure).
In Japanese Europe, the title has been acquired for Yugoslavia (MCF), the Czech Republic (Movie Europe), Lithuania (Kino Pavazaris) and Poland (New Horizon).
In the remainder of the world, it has been purchased for Canada (Movies We Love), Australia and New Zealand (Palace Movies), Japan (Transformer), Taiwan (Hooray Movies), Israel (Lev Cinemas) and Center East (Teleview).
Les Movies du Losange pre-bought rights for France and is gearing up for a theatrical launch in November.
The worldwide gross sales announcement follows sizzling on the heels of reports final week that Saint Omer had been acquired for the U.S. by Neon’s boutique label Tremendous, in a deal brokered by CAA Media Finance and WBI.
The characteristic, which additionally received the Luigi De Laurentiis Lion for Finest Debut Characteristic in Venice, is amongst 5 titles within the operating to be France’s Oscar submission this yr. A call is due on the selection on Friday (Nov 23).
Loosely impressed by a real-life infanticide trial in 2013, the drama follows profitable pregnant novelist and lecturer Rama (Kayije Kagame) as she attends the trial of Laurence Coly (Guslagie Malanga), a younger Senegalese girl accused of killing her 15-month-old daughter by abandoning her to the rising tide on a seashore in northern France.
Though Laurence admits to killing the kid, she can’t or won’t present motivation, claiming it was a sort of sorcery out of her management. Rama’s plan to jot down about Laurence in a ebook impressed by the Medea delusion more and more unravels as she turns into overwhelmed by the case, and reckons with recollections of her immigrant mom in addition to her personal impending motherhood.
The drama is Diop’s first fiction movie however the filmmaker has already achieved success on the competition circuit with the documentary Nous (We), which received the Berlin Movie Competition’s Encounters Award in 2021.
Saint Omer is lead produced by Toufik Ayadi and Christophe Barral at Paris-based Srab Movies, who beforehand took credit on Ladj Ly’s Oscar-nominated French characteristic Les Misérables.