One of the three shortlisted films to represent France for the upcoming 94th Academy Awards is Audrey Diwan’s “Happening”, which will premiere in North America on Saturday as part of the Global Currents and Women in Cinema program at the Chicago Film Festival. .
“Happening” (L’événement) had its world premiere at the first Venice Film Festival. The film won the Golden Lion, making Diwan one of five women to have won the festival’s top award since 1949.
Just acquired by IFC Films and Film Nation, the film is an adaptation of Anne Arnox’s novel of the same name, looking back at her experience with abortion in France in the 1960s while still illegal. Mimi Plauchu, artistic director of the Chicago International Film Festival, said, “Diwan’s ‘Happening’ is a powerful appeal for timely exploration of women’s choices and personal freedom.”
Guy Lodge writes, “Audrey Diwan’s quietly destructive sofomo feature deals with the issue of access to the latest abortion among the most difficult, emotionally intelligent art films in progress.” Diversity Revaluation.
The cast includes Anamaria Vertolomi, Cassie Mottet-Klein, Sandrin Bonaire, Luis Ori-Dicuro, Luis Chevillot, Pio Marma, Anna Mrigallis, Fabrizio Rangioni, Luina Bajrami, Leoner Overson, and Julien Frison. Ou worked as a producer for Dward Weil and Alice Girard.
Julia DuCorn’s Palme d’Or-winning horror film “Titan” and Cedric Jimenez’s police thriller “Buck Nord” have also been shortlisted by the French Oscar committee. The French Oscar candidate is expected to be elected on Tuesday. France has represented only nine women directors in the history of the International Features Department.
The 57th edition of the Chicago Film Festival will run October 13-24, for virtual screenings and individual events that require full vaccination or negative COVID-19 PCR testing. The festival will begin with Wes Anderson’s “The French Dispatch” and will include screenings by Todd Haynes’s “The Velvet Underground”, Pedro Almodডvar’s “Parallel Mothers” and Jesse Moss’s “Mayor Pitt”.
IFC Films will release “Happening” in 2022.