Venice Film Festival: French-Lebanese director wins Golden Lion for film on abortion

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Audrey Dewan

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Audrey Dewan, director of the Golden Lion award-winning film

A film about illegal abortions in France in the 1960s won first prize, the Golden Lion, at the Venice Film Festival.

The film “Levinman” or “The Event” by French director of Lebanese origin, Audrey Diwan, talks about a woman who seeks an abortion in order to complete her studies.

“I made this film with anger, with desire, and with all my heart and soul,” Diwan said upon receiving the award.

The film comes after controversial new laws were enacted in the US state of Texas banning abortions after six weeks of pregnancy.





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