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Audrey Diwan’s Happening creates quite a buzz

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- Produced by Rectangle, sold by Wild Bunch International and adapted from the novel by Annie Ernaux, the filmmaker’s second feature film should enjoy its world premiere within a major festival

Audrey Diwan’s Happening creates quite a buzz
Anamaria Vartolomei in Happening

Shot on the quiet last summer, Happening by Audrey Diwan is unlikely to remain in the shadows for long, given the rumours flying around Paris predicting an enviable place for the film within the showcase of the biggest, upcoming international festivals (in competition at the 78th Venice International Film Festival, for example, potentially alongside Xavier Giannoli’s Lost Illusions [+see also:
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and Stéphane Brizé’s Another World).

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Starring in the cast of the filmmaker’s second feature film, following on from Losing It [+see also:
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(2019), are Anamaria Vartolomei (nominated for the 2012 Acting Revelation Lumières Award via My Little Princess [+see also:
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, and well-received in The Sower [+see also:
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interview: Marine Francen
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]
, Just Kids [+see also:
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interview: Christophe Blanc
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and How To Be A Good Wife [+see also:
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, to name just three), the French-Kosovar actress Luàna Bajrami (nominated for the 2020 Best New Hope César for Portrait of a Lady on Fire [+see also:
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interview: Céline Sciamma
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, also at her best in Ibrahim [+see also:
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and The Hill Where Lionesses Roar [+see also:
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interview: Luana Bajrami
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), Louise Orry-Diquero (Occidental [+see also:
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interview: Neïl Beloufa
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]
) and Switzerland’s Kacey Mottet Klein (nominated for the 2013 and 2017 Best New Hope Césars on account of Sister [+see also:
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interview: Kacey Mottet Klein
interview: Ursula Meier
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and Being 17 [+see also:
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Q&A: André Téchiné
interview: Kacey Mottet Klein
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]
). Likewise in on the act are Louise Chevillotte (seen in Benedetta [+see also:
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, The Salt of Tears [+see also:
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and Synonyms [+see also:
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interview: Nadav Lapid
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), Pio Marmaï (who turned a fair few heads in Cannes this year by way of The Divide [+see also:
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interview: Catherine Corsini
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]
) and Sandrine Bonnaire (recently well-received in Truk [+see also:
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interview: Sarah Marx
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]
and Into the World [+see also:
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).

Written by the director in league with Marcia Romano (nominated for the 2016 Best Original Screenplay César via Standing Tall [+see also:
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interview: Emmanuelle Bercot
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) and based upon Annie Ernaux’s novel of the same name, the Happening revolves around a very young woman called Anne who decides to have an abortion in an attempt to finish her studies and escape her working class family’s social destiny. It’s the story of France in 1963, a society which condemns female desire and sex in general… It’s a simple yet gritty story following in the footsteps of someone who decides to act against the law. Anne doesn’t have much time left: her exams are looming and her belly is expanding…

Happening is produced by Edouard Weil and Alice Girard on behalf of Rectangle Productions and in co-production with France 3 Cinéma. Pre-purchased by Canal+ and Ciné+, the feature film benefits from an advance on receipts from the CNC, as well as support from the Ile-de-France region. Photography is helmed by Laurent Tangy (nominated for the 2019 César in his category for Sink or Swim [+see also:
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), while distribution in France is entrusted to Wild Bunch, who are also managing international sales.

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(Translated from French)

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