This week on the Film at Lincoln Center podcast, we’re featuring a Q&A from the 51st New Directors/New Films with Happening director Audrey Diwan and lead Anamaria Vartolomei on their Opening Night selection. The conversation was moderated by The Museum of Modern Art programmer Josh Siegel.
Winner of the Venice International Film Festival’s prestigious Golden Lion, Audrey Diwan’s exceptionally well-observed breakthrough is an unsparing, gripping portrait of a young woman’s attempts to secure an illegal abortion in 1960s France. A student of ambition and promise, hoping to leave her small town and embark on a professional life of the mind, Anne Duchesne (Anamaria Vartolomei in a brave, overwhelming performance) finds her entire future thrown into doubt upon discovering that she’s pregnant. Sure to be one of the most talked-about movies of the year, Happening, based on the semi-autobiographical novel by acclaimed author Annie Ernaux, is a drama that incrementally builds in power, showing the step-by-step process by which an ordinary young woman attempts to establish her freedom and ownership of her body.
Happening opens in theaters on May 6th. Support and donate to an Abortion Fund.