Based on L’événement, the film was a winner of the Golden Lion at the 2021 Venice Film Festival. The film stars Anamaria Vartolomei, Kacey Mottet Klein, Luàna Bajrami, Louise Orry-Diquéro and Louise Chevillotte.
IFCFilms is also set to release the film in additional theaters nationwide on May 13, 2022, with openings in Alamo Drafthouse Downtown LA,
AMC Americana at Brand 18 and AMC Orange 30 among others, followed by a release on-demand on Jun 21, 2022.
Audrey Diwan was recently named one of Variety’s 10 Directors to Watch in 2022. Audrey Diwan is a filmmaker, author and screenwriter who has collaborated with Cédric Jimenez, Gilles Lellouche and Valérie Donzelli, among others. She made her feature film directing debut with Losing It, starring Celine Sallette and Pio Marmai. Her second film, Happening, won the Golden Lion in 2021 Venice Film Festival and will be released theatrically in the US by IFC Films in 2022.
Adapted from prize winning author Annie Ernaux’s semi-autobiographical novel, HAPPENING follows Anne (Anamaria Vartolomei), a bright young student with a promising future ahead of her in France during 1963. But when she falls pregnant, she sees the opportunity to finish her studies and escape the constraints of her social background disappearing. With her final exams fast approaching and her belly growing, Anne resolves to act, even if she has to confront shame and pain, even if she must risk prison to do so.