On September 30, “French Film” set social networks on fire with its one titled “Objective: Reconquest!” but 100% male and white. No Rebecca Zlotowski, no Céline Sciamma, no Alice Diop, the warrior who has just carved out the lion’s share of French cinema. Documentarist for a long time (“La Mort de Danton”, “Nous”), she moved on to fiction with “Saint Omer”, inspired by the Fabienne Kabou affair. In 2013, she had abandoned her child at the rising tide on the beach of Berck-sur-Mer. A political, demanding, bewitching film about an elusive modern Medea, written with Amrita David and Marie NDiaye, author of “La vengeance m’appartient”, a novel about an infanticide nourished by their collaboration. Cross interview.
Alice, how did you know Marie NDiaye?
Alice Diop- I’m 18, I see you at the Fontenay-sous-Bois bookstore, near my home. I begin to read you with “Rosie Carpe”, your literature accompanies me. With you, the black question is not central and this is precisely what leads me to a better understanding of human nature. I have often said: “I would like to be a filmmaker like Marie NDiaye is a writer. “You were the first black woman to receive the Goncourt, not because you were black but because you were one of the greatest writers of the 21st century.e century.
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