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 World’s Venice Film Festival, won the Golden Lion, and Diwan is one of the five women who have won since 1949.
Recently acquired by IFC Films and Film Nation, the film is an adaptation of Annie Arnox’s novel, which looks back at her experience of still having an illegal abortion in France in the 1960s. Mimi Plauchu, artistic director of the Chicago International Film Festival, said, “Diwan’s ‘Happening’ is a powerful appeal for timely exploration and personal freedom in choosing women’s choices.”
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.
Starring Anamaria Vertolomi, Cassie Mottet-Klein, Sandrin Bonaire, Luis Ori-Dichero, Luis Chevilote, Pio Marma, Anna Mrigallis, Fabrizio Rangioni, Luina Bajrami, Leoner Overson, Julien Freeson and others. Ou worked as a producer for Dward Weil and Alice Girard.
Julia Ducorn’s Can Palme d’Or-winning horror film “Titan” and Cedric Jimenez’s police thriller “Buck Nord” have also been shortlisted by the French Oscars. 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 take place October 13-24, in person and with a virtual event. The festival will begin with Wes Anderson’s “The French Dispatch” and include screenings for Todd Haynes’s “The Velvet Underground”, Pedro Almodডvar’s “Parallel Mothers” and Jesse Moss’s “Mayor Pitt”.
IFC Films will release “Happening” in 2022.