It was with great emotion that Alice Diop, a filmmaker revealed to the general public in 2021 by her documentary We, and selected among Unifrance's10 to Watch 2022, mounted the Sala Grande stage twice at the Venice Film Festival to accept her two fine awards received for Saint Omer, immediately establishing her on the international scene.
Referring to Audre Lorde, a black poet whose collection Sister Outsider was the filmmaker's bedside book during the making of the film, Alice Diop evoked the phrase "Our silence will not protect us" before adding, in her own name, "We will not be silent anymore."
A real life story that hit the headlines was the trigger for this debut fiction feature, and it was Audrey Diwan, winner of the Golden Lion in 2021 for Happening, who presented Diop with the Silver Lion alongside Jury president Julianne Moore.
Other awards for French cinema
Snow in September by Lkhagvadulam Purev-Ochir, a short film produced by Aurora Films, received the Orizzonti Award for Best Short Film.
Among the other films awarded, the minority-French coproduction Anhell69 (Dublin Films) won three prizes at the Semaine de la Critique.
Last but not least, Sébastien Lifshitz, who presented his latest documentary Casa Susanna at the Giornate degli Autori, received the Queer Lion Award Career Achievement.
French films in the Official Selection awards list
Click here for the full awards list of the 79th Venice Film Festival.
French films in the Semaine de la Critique awards list
Click here for the full awards list of the 37th Semaine International de la Critique.
French films in the Giornate degli Autori awards list
Click here for the full awards list of the Giornate degli Autori 2022