SYNOPSIS “She has pushed me into a corner, driven me beyond my limits, forced me to confront the absolute: of love, of sacrifice, of tenderness, of relinquishment. She has dislocated me, transformed me. Why didn’t anyone tell me? Why doesn’t anyone talk about it?” A Happy Event is an intimate interpretation of motherhood, sincere and free of taboos.
REVIEWS Elle: “The director takes a full-body approach to the subject andmasterfully directs the excellent Pio Marmaï and Louise Bourgoin.”
Variety: “A sexy, humorous and wonderfully specific ‘What to expect when you’reexpecting’ opus told with all the tricks of populist French cinema.”
Excessif: “This is indeed the French event of the season, do not miss it!”
BIOGRAPHY Director In 1997, after studying at ESRA and L’Ecole du Louvre, Rémi Bezançon wrote and directed Little Italy, his first short film. He then wrote the screenplay for 2000’s Les Brigands and directed Vikings in 2001 followed by Parabolesin 2003. That same year, he broke into the realm of feature films with his screenplay of Jean Claude Jean’s Vendues. Bezançon subsequently produced his first film, My Life in the Air, a comedy starring Vincent Elbaz and Marion Cotillard, that tells the story of an airline instructor whose fear of flying prevents him from following the woman he loves. In producing this film, Bezançon discovered his fascination of mundane, personal dramas of ordinary people. In 2008, he truly established his cinematographic style with The First Day of the Rest of Your Life, a dramatic comedyabout a family’s joys and setbacks that received nine Cesar nominations.Bezançon’s next project was the 2011 film adaptation of ElietteAbecassis’s novel A Happy Event, in which a young mother (played by Louise Bourgoin) has trouble welcoming her newborn into her world. In 2012, RémiBezançon’s career took another turn as he collaborated with Jean-Christophe Lie on the animated motion picture Zarafa.
FILMOGRAPHY My life in the air (2005) The First Day of the Rest of Your Life (2008) A Happy Event (2011)