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Brief synopsis

Saint-Omer court of law. Young novelist Rama attends the trial of Laurence Coly, a young woman accused of killing her 15-month-old daughter by abandoning her to the rising tide on a beach in northern France. But as the trial continues, the words of the accused and witness testimonies will shake Rama’s convictions and call into question our own judgement.


ActorRole nameVoice actor / SpeakerVoice actor
Kayije KagameRama [L]
Guslagie MalandaLaurence Coly [L]
Valérie DrévilleJudge [SR]
Aurélia PetitAttorney Vaudena [SR]
Xavier MalyLuc Dumontet [SR]
Robert CantarellaAdvocate-General [SR]
Salimata KamatéOdile Diatta [SR]
Thomas de PourqueryAdrien [SR]
Adama Diallo TambaRama's mother [SR]


1st ADBarbara Canale
Post production supervisorBénédicte Pollet
Director of photographyClaire Mathon
Still photographerLaurent le Crabe
Casting directorStéphane Batut
Costume designerAnnie Melza-Tiburce
DirectorAlice Diop
Script supervisorMathilde Profit
EditorAmrita David
ProducerChristophe Barral
ProducerToufik Ayadi
Production designerAnna Le Mouël
Assistant art directorNathan Drot
Standby propsPeyo Jolivet
Production managerPaul Sergent
Production managerRym Hachimi
Unit manager (local system)Emma Lebot
ScreenwriterMarie N'Diaye
ScreenwriterAmrita David
ScreenwriterAlice Diop
Production sound mixerDana Farzenhpour
Sound re-recording mixerEmmanuel Croset
Hygiene officerLiz Vogel

Production companies

Srab Films [fr]
Arte France Cinéma [fr]

Distribution / Sales companies

Distribution Autriche
Distribution Autriche
Goodfellas (previously Wild Bunch Distribution) [fr]
World Sales
World Sales
Les Films du Losange [fr]
France (theatrical)
France (theatrical)
Medusa Film [it]
Stowarzyszenie Nowe Horyzonty [pl]
Grandfilm GmbH
Germany (theatrical) 2023
Germany (theatrical) 2023


Award winnerYearAwardCategory 
Claire Mathon2023César Awards [fr]
Best Cinematography
Best CinematographyNominated
Alice Diop2023César Awards [fr]
Best Screenplay (Original)
Best Screenplay (Original)Nominated
Alice Diop2023César Awards [fr]
Best First Feature Film
Best First Feature FilmWinner
Amrita David2023César Awards [fr]
Best Screenplay (Original)
Best Screenplay (Original)Nominated
Marie N'Diaye2023César Awards [fr]
Best Screenplay (Original)
Best Screenplay (Original)Nominated
Guslagie Malanda2023César Awards [fr]
Most Promising Actress
Most Promising ActressNominated
Alice Diop2022European Film Academy [eu]
European Director
European DirectorNominated
Alice Diop2022Venice International Film Festival [it]
Silver Lion - Grand Jury Prize
Silver Lion - Grand Jury PrizeWinner
Alice Diop2022Venice International Film Festival [it]
Lion of the Future - Luigi De Laurentiis Award for a Debut Film
Lion of the Future - Luigi De Laurentiis Award for a Debut FilmWinner
Alice Diop2022The Gotham Awards [us]
Best International Feature
Best International FeatureNominated


2023TurkeyIstanbul Film Festival
2023PolandIFF New Horizons
Visa Gala Screenings
Visa Gala Screenings
2022ItalyVenice International Film Festival


TypeCountryStationDate / TimeComment
First showingItalyRarovideo Channel [it]Wednesday, 27/09/2023

Cinema releases and premieres

Theatre releasePolandFriday, 15/09/2023
Theatre releaseGermanyThursday, 09/03/2023
Theatre releaseItalyThursday, 08/12/2022
Theatre releaseFranceWednesday, 23/11/2022
PremiereWednesday, 07/09/2022Venice International Film Festival [it]