Happening (Audrey Diwan, 2021) | French Film Series

Location: Rubenstein Arts Center Film Theater

The 2023 French Film Series debuts with:

(Audrey Diwan, 2021, 100 min, France, French with English subtitles, DCP)

-- Introduced by Prof. Kimberly Lamm (Gender, Sexuality & Feminist Studies). Q&A to follow screening.

An adaptation of Nobel Prize winner Annie Ernaux’s novel, Happening follows a bright young student who faces an unwanted pregnancy in 1960s France, when abortion was still illegal.

-- Winner of the Golden Lion Award for Best Film at the 2021 Venice Film Festival

"Happening is haunting and shattering, immaculately crafted, unwavering in its honesty, and as confronting as it needs to be, and it wields all of the above with passion and purpose." Sarah Ward, Concrete Playground

“An atmospheric, gripping drama with a poignant contemporary relevance.” – TimeOut

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Screen/Society screenings are free and open to the public.

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As we welcome audiences back for in-person screening events, we are prioritizing the health and safety of our extended community. Keeping each other safe during events will require collaboration and we are grateful for your support. Screen/Society and the Rubenstein Arts Center will adhere to all university, local, and state regulations on and off campus, which are subject to change on short notice depending on public health conditions.

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Masking: Current Duke University guidelines for events apply to all presentations on campus.  As of 09/22/2022, masks are no longer mandatory for indoor screenings, though the policy could change again in the future. Masking remains one of the most effective ways to protect yourself and others, and is strongly recommended, especially in indoor settings. We should respect an individual’s decision to wear a mask even if it is not required.

Stay Home If You Are Feeling Sick: If you are feeling or showing symptoms of COVID-19 or if you believe you might have come into contact with someone with COVID-19 in the last 14 days, please stay home.

Seating: For our screenings, seating is based on a first-come basis. We encourage everyone to be respectful during performances and maintain distancing as they feel comfortable.

Enhanced Cleaning: Venues on Duke University’s campus are operating under restricted access and receive enhanced cleaning and sanitization of high-touch surfaces. Duke University venue ventilation is in accordance with CDC guidelines.

Hand Hygiene: Hand sanitizer stations are positioned throughout campus venues for your convenience.

Healthy Team: All employees and vendors are required to be symptom free before entering the building, as well as wear masks at all times, and frequently wash their hands during shifts.


Contact: Hank Okazaki

Email: hokazak@duke.edu

Sponsor: Center for French and Francophone Studies

Co-Sponsors: Duke Cinematic Arts