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The French film “L’Événement” wins the Golden Lion at the Venice Film Festival

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The Venice Film Festival on Saturday awarded its “Golden Lion” to the French film by Audrey Diwan, “L’Événement”. It is adapted from the eponymous novel by Annie Ernaux, in which the novelist recounts her memories of a voluntary termination of pregnancy (abortion) in 1963, then illegal in France.

Two months after the crowning at Cannes of the French film “Titane”, “L’Événement” by French director Audrey Diwan received, Saturday September 11, the “Golden Lion” at the Venice Film Festival. This raw, intimate and feminist film tells the story of a young woman who aborts clandestinely.

“Unfortunately when you work on abortion you are always in the news,” said Audrey Diwan, who succeeds Chinese-American Chloe Zhao, who was crowned last year for “Nomadland”, receiving her award.

“I made this film with anger and desire, I made it with my stomach, with my guts with my heart,” she added. “I wanted it to be an experience”, a “journey in the skin of this young woman”. This award was awarded to him unanimously by the jury chaired by South Korean director Bong Joon-Ho (“Parasite”).

The film, adapted from the eponymous autobiographical story by novelist Annie Ernaux, takes place in France in the 1960s, before abortion was legalized. It shows the journey of a young student who becomes pregnant, interpreted by the Franco-Romanian Anamaria Vartolomei, a discovery.

Writer of “Bac Nord” and “La French”

“The Event” is the second film by Audrey Diwan, who filmed a young couple struggling with drug addiction in “But You’re Mad” (2019). Journalist and novelist who wrote for television, she co-wrote the screenplay for several French films including “Bac Nord”, a film on police violence currently on French screens or “La French” by Cédric Jimenez, then moved on to the realization.

Among the other films awarded at this 78th Venice Film Festival, the Grand Prize went to the Italian Paolo Sorrentino for a film about his childhood in Naples during the time of footballer Diego Maradona, “The Hand of God”.

This film is produced and distributed by Netflix, and therefore should not be released in theaters in France, like the prize for best director, awarded to “The Power of the Dog” by New Zealander Jane Campion.

As for the performers, the Spanish star Penélope Cruz was rewarded for his role in “Madres Paralelas” by Pedro Almodovar and the Filipino John Arcilla for his role as a journalist in search of truth in “On the Job 2: The Missing 8”.

With AFP and Reuters