Via Zoom: Audrey Diwan & Anamarie Vartolomei of ‘Happening’

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CHICAGO – In an extraordinary flash of timing, the new French film “Happening” gets a general release in select theaters on May 13th, right in the midst of an another abortion debate in the U.S. The story of a young woman seeking the procedure in 1963 features Anamarie Varolomei and is adapted by director Audrey Diwan. They spoke to

Happening” is an adaptation of a notable French novel, written by Annie Ermaux, about a young woman trying desperately to find an abortion provider in the illegal era of 1963 France (they’ll throw both the seeker and the provider in jail). Anamaria Vartolomei is Anne, a whipsmart and ambitious working class student who seeks a different world beyond her roots. When she becomes pregnant through a temporary encounter, she desperately seeks the procedure to make sure her circumstance remains with her.

Anamaria Vartolomei as Anne in ‘Happening’
Photo credit: IFC Films

Director Audrey Diwan, who also co-wrote the screenplay with Marcia Romano, had been primarily a film writer since 2008. “Happening” is her second film as director, after 2019’s “Losing It.” Actor Anamarie Varolomei began her career at age 12 in 2011, and has over ten features in her filmography.

In PART ONE OF an interview via Zoom with Patrick McDonald of, director Audrey Diwan and lead actor Anamarie Varolomei talk of their experiences creating “Happening” …

In PART TWO, some of society’s issues with abortion are discussed …

”Happening” is in select theaters beginning May 13th. Featuring Annamarie Vartolomei, Kacey Mottet Klein, Luana Bajrami, Louise Orry-Diquero, Louise Chevillotte and Pio Marmai. Screenplay adapted by Audrey Diwan and Marcia Romano. Directed by Audrey Diwan. Rated “R” senior staff writer Patrick McDonald

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