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Roaring success: film about illegal abortion wins film fest’s ...


Roaring success: film about illegal abortion wins film fest’s Golden Lion

The 11-day movie marathon comes to an end as critics call the line-up one of the best in years

Silvia Aloisi

Happening (L’événement), a hard-hitting French drama about illegal abortion in the 1960s, won the Golden Lion award for best film at the Venice International Film Festival on Saturday.

The film, by director Audrey Diwan, wowed viewers on the Lido waterfront with its portrayal of a young woman desperate to arrange a termination - at a time when it could mean prison or death - so she can continue her studies. 

The movie is set in France in 1963, but its central theme is as relevant today as it was then, a visibly moved Diwan told the audience, just as the debate about abortion rages again in the US after new restrictions in Texas...

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