Happening L'Événement

by Audrey Diwan

France
2021
100 min
French OV
Feature film
Fiction
Color
DCP

Content warning: scenes, words or images may offend the spectators' sensitivity

Audrey Diwan et Anamaria Vartolomei will be attending

Out of Competition 2021

Official synopsis

Anne, a very young woman, decides to have an abortion in order to finish her studies and escape the social fate of her proletarian family. The story of France in 1963, of a society that condemns the desire of women, and sex in general. A simple, hard story about someone who decides to take action against the law. Anne has little time; exams are coming up, her belly is getting rounder...

The programmer’s eye

Adapted from Annie Ernaux, “L’Événement” draws a taut line towards this programmatic title. Audrey Diwan imagines a lonely heroine (played by the breathtaking Anamaria Vartolomei) and directs a combat film, the absolute necessity of which embraces us. Abortion hasn’t been shown much on screen, it was about time it confronted it. It is the staging of an act in a traumatic and clandestine era. The directing shows courage and never hides the suffering, yet never gives in to darkness. The film won the Golden Lion in Venice this year.

— Victor Courgeon

Biography and Filmography

Audrey Diwan was born in Paris in 1980. A director, an author but also a screenwriter, she has collaborated with several filmmakers such as Cédric Jimenez, Valérie Donzelli and Gilles Lellouche. Audrey made her debut behind the camera in 2019 with “Losing It”, starring Céline Sallette and Pio Marmaï. Her second feature film, “Happening”, was screened for the first time in official competition at the 2021 Venice Film Festival.

2021 - HAPPENING - Audrey Diwan - Director, screenwriter
2020 - THE STRONGHOLD - Cédric Jimenez - Screenwriter
2019 - LOSING IT - Audrey Diwan - Director, screenwriter
2018 - (GIRL)FRIEND - Victor Saint Macary - Screenwriter
2017 - THE MAN WITH THE IRON HEART - Cédric Jimenez - Screenwriter
2014 - THE CONNEXION - Cédric Jimenez - Screenwriter
2012 - PARIS UNDER WATCH - Cédric Jimenez, Arnaud Duprey - Screenwriter

Audrey Diwan et Marcia Romano, adapted from the novel "L’Événement" d’Annie Ernaux

Anamaria Vartolomei, Luàna Bajrami, Louise Orry-Diquero...

Rectangle Production, France 3 Cinéma, Wild Bunch, Srab Films

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de Audrey Diwan

Audrey Diwan was born in Paris in 1980. A director, an author but also a screenwriter, she has collaborated with several filmmakers such as Cédric Jimenez, Valérie Donzelli and Gilles Lellouche. Audrey made her debut behind the camera in 2019 with “Losing It”, starring Céline Sallette and Pio Marmaï. Her second feature film, “Happening”, was screened for the first time in official competition at the 2021 Venice Film Festival.

2021 - HAPPENING - Audrey Diwan - Director, screenwriter
2020 - THE STRONGHOLD - Cédric Jimenez - Screenwriter
2019 - LOSING IT - Audrey Diwan - Director, screenwriter
2018 - (GIRL)FRIEND - Victor Saint Macary - Screenwriter
2017 - THE MAN WITH THE IRON HEART - Cédric Jimenez - Screenwriter
2014 - THE CONNEXION - Cédric Jimenez - Screenwriter
2012 - PARIS UNDER WATCH - Cédric Jimenez, Arnaud Duprey - Screenwriter