The Event: 20 years and great loneliness


CRITICAL – Director Audrey Diwan finely adapts Annie Ernaux’s novel, a raw and moving story of her clandestine abortion. A film that won the Golden Lion at the Venice Film Festival.

Annie Ernaux, announced in the short list potential laureates, did not receive the Nobel Prize for Literature last October. The 81-year-old writer consoles himself with cinema. In the same year, three films put her in the spotlight. After Simple passion, by Danielle Arbid, and I liked living there, documentary by Régis Sauder shot in Cergy, where Annie Ernaux has lived since 1977, The event arrives in the hall crowned with the golden lion won at the Venice Film Festival. A surprise insofar as the name of its director did not place him among the favorites. Audrey Diwan, journalist, novelist, co-writer, notably of Cédric Jimenez films, including the virile North Bac, got behind the camera in 2019 with but you are crazy. Céline Sallette played a woman whose partner suffered from a cocaine addiction. In her handbag, at the bend of a map, we saw Annie Ernaux’s book, published by Gallimard in 2000.

The event is the autobiographical account of a clandestine abortion

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