Happening, the film by Audrey Diwan, winner of the Golden Lion of Venice, won the Alice Guy prize for best French film directed by a woman of the year.
The Alice Guy Award, which was named in honor of the first female director, was created by veteran film journalist Véronique Le Bris in 2018 to highlight the work of female directors.
The other four films in the running for the award were Aissa Maiga’s lush documentary feature ‘Walking on Water’ and Catherine Corsini’s timely social drama ‘The Fracture’ which had its world premiere at Cannes last year. last in the official selection; as well as Aurélie Saada’s edifying dramatic comedy “Rose” and “Slalom” by Charlène Favier, an initiation film set in the world of ski racing.
These contenders, which are all French films released in theaters in the year, were selected by 3,260 voters, while the final winner was chosen by a jury of filmmakers and professionals, including the director of “Cuties” Maïmouna Doucouré, who won the Alice Guy prize last year, Niels Schneider, actor (“Totems”), Béatrice Thiriet, music composer, Thierry Lacaze, head of distribution at Studiocanal, and Christopher Thompson, actor and director (“Bardot “).
The awards ceremony took place on April 8 at the Max Linder Panorama Theater and was attended by over 200 people. The evening began with a piano concert by Thiriet, who performed three songs from three films directed by Guy, “Sage femme de première classe”, “Chirurgie fin de siècle” and “Falling Leaves”.
“Happening” earned Diwan a BAFTA nomination for Best Director and won the César Award for Best Newcomer for Anamaria Vartolomei. The film will be released in the United States on May 6 by IFC Films.