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Wild Bunch International Releases Deals On Venice Winner 'Saint Omer' – Deadline

Wild Bunch International Releases Deals On Venice Winner ‘Saint Omer’ – Deadline

EXCLUSIVE: The breakthrough feature film by French director Alice Diop Saint Omer has secured distribution in a number of territories for Paris-based Wild Bunch International (WBI) after winning the Venice Silver Lion Grand Jury Prize.

In Western Europe, the film was sold to the UK (Picturehouse), Italy (Minerva Pictures), Spain (Surtsey Films), Greece (One From The Heart), Benelux (Cherry Pickers Film Distribution), Switzerland (Cineworx), and Pan- Scandinavia (Edge Entertainment).

In Eastern Europe, the title has been acquired for Yugoslavia (MCF), the Czech Republic (Film Europe), Lithuania (Kino Pavazaris) and Poland (New Horizon).

In the rest of the world it has been bought for Canada (Films We Love), Australia and New Zealand (Palace Films), Japan (Transformer), Taiwan (Hooray Films), Israel (Lev Cinemas) and the Middle East (Teleview).

Les Films du Losange previously bought the rights for France and is preparing for its theatrical release in November.

The international sales announcement follows on the heels of last week’s news that Saint Omer it had been acquired for the US by Neon’s boutique label Super, in a deal brokered by CAA Media Finance and WBI.

The feature film, which also won the Leon Luigi De Laurentiis for Best First Feature at Venice, is among the five titles vying to be France’s Oscar submission this year. A decision on the election is due to be made on Friday (November 23).

Loosely inspired by a real-life infanticide trial in 2013, the drama follows pregnant bestselling novelist and lecturer Rama (Kayije Kagame) as she attends the trial of Laurence Coly (Guslagie Malanga), a young Senegalese woman accused of killing her baby. of 15 months. she old by abandoning her at high tide on a beach in northern France.

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Although Laurence admits to killing the boy, he is unable or unwilling to provide motivation, claiming it was some sort of witchcraft beyond his control. Rama’s plan to write about Laurence in a book inspired by the Medea myth increasingly unravels as she is overwhelmed by the case and reckons with memories of her immigrant mother as well as her own. her impending motherhood.

The drama is Diop’s first fiction film but the filmmaker has already achieved success on the festival circuit with the documentary Nous (Us)which won the Encuentros Prize at the Berlin Film Festival in 2021.

Saint Omer is a principal production by Toufik Ayadi and Christophe Barral at Paris-based Srab Films, who previously earned credits on Ladj Ly’s Oscar-nominated French feature film. The Miserables.

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