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SFFILM Festival


Directed by Audrey Diwan

France | 100

23 Apr
Sat, Apr 23, 2022 at 6:00 pm PT

Guests Expected

Director Audrey Diwan and Actor Anamaria Vertolomei are expected to attend.


Based on Annie Ernaux’s memoir, Audrey Diwan’s Golden Lion-winning drama captures the urgency and desperation of a young woman trying to exert control over her body and her future. Refusing to let an unwanted pregnancy shatter her life, working-class literature student Anne begins the quest for an abortion at a time when it is illegal and taboo in France. With a career-making performance that earned her a César, Anamaria Vartolomei captivates from the moment she appears on screen, imbuing Anne with a remarkable sensibility all along her harrowing journey. Although set in the 1960s, the narrative remains timely in an era where reproductive freedom is under assault, making Happening all the more powerful and terrifying.

Director Audrey Diwan

Audrey Diwan began her career as a journalist before turning to screenwriting, making her feature screenplay debut with Paris Under Watch (2012). She made her directing debut with Losing It (2019). Happening, her second directorial feature, is the recipient of numerous accolades, including the Golden Lion and FIPRESCI prizes at the Venice Festival and a Lumiere Award for Best Film.



Film Details

Language French

Original Language Title L'événement

Year 2021

Premiere Bay Area

Runtime 100

Country France

Director Audrey Diwan

Producer Alice Girard, Edouard Weil

Writer Marcia Romano, Audrey Diwan, Alice Girard

Editor Géraldine Mangenot

Cinematographer Laurent Tangy

Music Evgueni Galperine, Sacha Galperine

Cast Anamaria Vartolomei, Kacey Mottet Klein, Luàna Bajrami

Closed Captions Closed captions are not available for this screening.

Audio Description Audio description is not available for this screening.

American Sign Language (ASL) Interpretation American Sign Language (ASL) interpretation will be provided at the Apr 23 screening at the Victoria Theatre. Please let us know if you would like to reserve a seat with optimal visibility when purchasing your ticket or by emailing ADA@sffilm.org.