Cleveland International Film Festival } March 22 – April 1, 2023 } Playhouse Square

Happening
(L'événement)

Year: 2022
Country: FRANCE
Language: French
Run Time: 100 minutes

Happening
Happening
Happening
Happening

In 1963 France, Anne, a promising young university student, is devastated to learn she’s pregnant. She immediately insists on termination, but her physician warns of the unsparing laws against either seeking or aiding abortions, and her tentative attempts to reach out to her closest friends are nervously rebuffed. As weeks pass, without support or clear access, an increasingly desperate Anne unwaveringly persists in seeking any possible means of ending the pregnancy in hopes of reclaiming her hard-fought future. Adapting Annie Ernaux’s memoir, Diwan creates an expressively evoked period piece of undeniable current resonance. HAPPENING never sensationalizes, but directly and graphically details not only the dangers and indignities of Anne’s harrowing quest but also how the surrounding indifference escalates her plight. Anamaria Vartolomei stuns as the unrelenting Anne, immersing us in her character’s certainty that the failure to end this pregnancy would surely be the end of her life as well. —Sundance Film Festival

CIFF46 Screenings

Mimi Ohio Theatre

Thursday, March 31, 2022 at 7:25 PM

Saturday, April 02, 2022 at 10:00 PM

Accessibility (?)
Closed Captions: No
Audio Description: No
English Subtitles: Yes

Related Event
46th CIFF College Program

Sidebars
Women of the World
Only at Playhouse Square

Competitions
Reel Women Direct Award for Excellence in Directing by a Woman
International Narrative Competition

Director

Director
Audrey Diwan

Producers
Alice Girard, Edouard Weil

Screenwriting
Marcia Romano, Audrey Diwan

Cinematography
Laurent Tangy

Editing
Géraldine Mangenot

Principal Cast
Anamaria Vartolomei, Kacey Mottet Klein, Luàna Bajrami, Louise Orry-Diquéro

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