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"The Most Urgent Movie of 2022": The Aventura International Film Series Presents “Happening”

October 27, 2022

Fresh from wins at film festivals around the world, Happening comes to the Aventura International Film Series at the Aventura Arts & Cultural Center on Tuesday, November 1st, 2022 at 7:30 p.m. Winner of the Golden Lion Award at the Venice Film Festival and best film honors from the International Cinephile Society Awards and Lumiere Awards, Happening is directed by Audrey Diwan who won the “Directors to Watch” and “New Voices/New Visions Grand Jury Prize” at the Palm Springs International Film Festival.

Rated R, the film is shown in French with English subtitles and follows a bright young Parisian college student in 1963 who becomes pregnant and sees the opportunity to finish her studies and escape the constraints of her social background disappearing. With her final exams fast approaching and her belly growing, she resolves to act, even if she has to confront shame and pain and risk prison to do so.

The film has received wide-spread critical acclaim including from Rolling Stone that declared Happening as “the most urgent movie of 2022” that “has gone from international sensation to a call to arms.”

Anamaria Vartolomei, the film’s star, has been honored with awards for her role from César Awards, Dublin Film Critics Circle Awards, Dublin International Film Festival, International Cinephile Society Awards and Lumiere Awards.

Admired film expert Shelly Isaacs curates the series and hosts each film with an introduction and a post-screening discussion. Isaacs is known for his Café Cinematheque programs at many venues throughout South Florida. He enjoyed a 30-plus year career as a creative director/writer specializing in creating print ads, commercials and trailers for feature films, TV and Radio Studios. He teaches foreign-language film appreciation in the Life Long Learning Society at FAU and FIU. In 2009, Isaacs launched Cinematheque at Sea and served as the film expert for Celebrity Cruise Lines at The Cannes International Film Festival.

The Aventura International Film Series continues with Hit the Road on Tuesday, December 13th, 2022, Lost Illusions on Tuesday, January 10th, 2023, Petite Maman on Tuesday, February 7th, 2023 and three yet-to-be-announced films on Tuesday, March 7th, 2023, on Tuesday, April 4th, 2022 and on Tuesday, May 16th, 2023.

Screenings are general admission with the lobby doors opening at 6:30 p.m. and the auditorium at 7:00p.m. Tickets are $12. Ticketmaster is the only official ticketing service of the Aventura Arts & Cultural Center. Buy tickets online at: - By phone at: (877) 311-7469 Or: (954) 462-0222 or in person at the Aventura Arts & Cultural Center box office Tuesday through Saturday from 12:00 p.m. Noon to 5:00 p.m. and 90 minutes prior to each performance. For Group Sales, please call: (954) 660-6307.

The Aventura Arts & Cultural Center is located at: 3385 Northeast 188th Street, Aventura, Florida 33180. Join the conversation, Twitter, Facebook, Instagram @aventuracenter or #aventuracenter.

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