In the Ciné-Club, the film series on French-language cinema, Cinema Quadrat and Institut Français Mannheim show
FRA 2022 R: Alice Diop. D: Kayije Kagame, Guslagie Malanda, Valérie Dréville, Aurélia Petit. 123 min. frzOmdtU. RATED 12
Laurence Coly, a young woman from Senegal, is on trial: she left her baby on the beach when the tide came in. Rama, a professor and writer, has traveled from Paris to Saint Omer to observe the trial - she identifies more and more with the defendant, whose life story and fate deeply affect her. Murder or not murder, that is the question, and after the first statements it soon becomes clear that nothing is clear. Who really needs to be charged? And how can a verdict be reached in the face of unimaginable acts? Inspired by a true incident and alluding to the Medea myth, SAINT OMER tells of fractures in female biographies, of emotional manipulation and of racism - a gripping, intelligent film about truth, exclusion and motherhood. Grand Jury Prize at the Venice Festival.