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Kayije Kagame • Actress

"I always pick the projects I work on very carefully"

by Ana Stanic

BERLINALE 2023: The Swiss actress, who beautifully played one of the main roles in Alice Diop's Saint-Omer, discusses her acting choices and the people she would love to work with

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Kayije Kagame was born in Geneva and studied at ENSATT (École Nationale Supérieure des Arts et Techniques du Théâtre) in Lyon. She took part in Robert Wilson’s Watermill International Summer Residency Program in the Hamptons in New York and was also artist in residence at the Cité Internationale des Arts in Paris. The creator of numerous performances, sound pieces, films, and installation, Kagame is currently touring with Intérieur Vie / Intérieur Nuit (Inner Life / Inner Night) which she co-directed together with Hugo Radi. The role of Rama in Saint Omer [+see also:
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by Alice Diop marks her feature film debut. Saint Omer premiered at the Venice Film Festival where it won multiple awards, including the prestigious Silver Lion - Grand Jury Prize. The film was also screened at the Toronto International Film Festival and has been invited to numerous festivals worldwide. Among other prestigious awards, Saint Omer also won the Prix Louis-Delluc and the Prix Jean Vigo as well as being the French entry for the International Feature Film Competition at the 95th Academy Awards and part of the film selection for the European Film Awards 2022.

Now selected for EFP's 2023 Shooting Stars, she talks to us.

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