Super, Neon’s boutique distribution label, has acquired the US rights to Alice Diop’s “Saint Omer” after it won the Silver Lion Grand Jury award in Venice, along with the Luigi De Laurentiis Lion of the Future award.
“Saint Omer” was recently shortlisted for the French entry to the Academy Awards and will premiere at the New York Film Festival and at the BFI London Festival. Neon plans a theatrical release.
“Saint Omer” is Diop’s debut film, which she co-wrote with Amrita David and Marie NDiaye, starring Kayije Kagame, Guslagie Malanda, Valérie Dréville and Aurélia Petit. Toufik Ayadi and Christophe Barral of Srab Films produced Hauts-de-France together with Arte France Cinéma and Pictanovo.
Inspired by a true story, “Saint Omer” centers on Rama, a young novelist who attends the trial of a woman accused of murdering her 15-month-old daughter by leaving her on a beach. As the trial progresses, the testimonies of suspects and witnesses will shake Rama’s convictions.
Diop made her directorial debut with the documentary “Nous” (We), which won the Berlin Film Festival Encounters Award.
Mason Speta negotiated on behalf of Super with CAA Media Finance and Wild Bunch International on behalf of the filmmakers.
“Super” starring Darcy Heusel and Dan O’Meara were behind the Oscar-nominated docu “Honeyland,” the first non-fiction film to be nominated for both Best Documentary and International Feature in the same year, as well as Victor Kossakovsky’s “Gunda.” which was shortlisted for documentary. Super earned his first Oscar nomination for “Quo Vadis, Aida?”, which also won the Independent Spirit Award for International Feature Film.