Happening (2021)


Official Selection out of Competition, France, French - 100 min


About the Film

Adapted from Annie Ernaux’s autobiographical novel, Happening recounts a young woman’s physical and emotional battle to obtain an illegal abortion in a desperate race against the clock. A powerful and gripping drama set in a society that condemns  female desire and sexual liberation, Happening had its world premiere in the official competition of the  2021 Venice Film Festival, where it received the Golden Lion, the ARCA Cinema Giovani Award, the Brian Award and the FIPRESCI Award.

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Audrey Diwan

Audrey Diwan (born 1980) is a French film director of Lebanese origin. Prior to becoming a film director she worked as a journalist and a screenwriter. She is a member of Collectif 50/50, a French NGO promoting equality between men and women in the film industry. Her directorial debut film Losing It premiered in 2019. Her second film Happening won the Golden Lion at the 2021 Venice International Film Festival.


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