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Saint Omer

 
 
Sun, Oct 9, 2022
  • 8PM
 
 
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RUN TIME: 118min
LANGUAGE: In French with English subtitles
GENERAL ADMISSION: $30
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Part of Film series NYFF60 at BAM
Directed by Alice Diop | 2022

With Kayije Kagame, Guslagie Malanga

Rama (Kagame), a successful journalist and author living in Paris, has come to Saint Omer, a town in the north of France, to attend the trial of a young Senegalese woman, Laurence Coly (Malanga), who allegedly murdered her baby daughter. Although she admits to killing the child, she cannot or will not provide motivation, claiming it was a kind of sorcery out of her control. Rama’s plan to write about Laurence in a book inspired by the Medea myth increasingly unravels as she becomes overwhelmed by the case and reckons with memories of her immigrant mother as well as her own impending motherhood. In her consummate fiction feature debut, Alice Diop (We) constructs an arresting yet highly sensitive, superbly acted film of constantly revealing layers. Saint Omer is at once a tense courtroom drama, a work of abstracted psychological portraiture, an inquiry into human agency, and a provocative examination of the limits of myth and cross-cultural knowledge.

Leadership support for BAM Access Programs provided by the Jerome L. Greene Foundation.

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