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Mia Hansen-Løve
Film director, Screenwriter

Mia Hansen-Løve

Mia Hansen-Løve
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Intro Film director, Screenwriter
Is Critic Film critic Film director Screenwriter Actor
From France
Field Film, TV, Stage & Radio
Gender female
Birth 5 February 1981, Paris, France
Age 42 years
Star sign Aquarius
Mother: Laurence Hansen-Løve
Siblings: Sven Løve
Spouse: Olivier Assayas
Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres  
Louis Delluc Prize 2007
Lumières Award for Best Screenplay 2010
Silver Bear for Best Director 2016
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Mia Hansen-Løve (born 5 February 1981) is a French film director, screenwriter, and former actress. She has won several accolades for her work. Her first feature film, All Is Forgiven, won the Louis Delluc Prize for Best First Film in 2007 along with Céline Sciamma's Water Lilies. Hansen-Løve's film Father of My Children won the Special Jury Prize in the Un Certain Regard section at the 2009 Cannes Film Festival. In 2014, Hansen-Løve was awarded the status of Chevalier in the Ordre des Arts et des Lettres. In 2016, she won the Silver Bear for Best Director for her film Things to Come at the 66th Berlin International Film Festival, as well as becoming a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

Early life

Hansen-Løve was born on 5 February 1981 in Paris. Her parents, Laurence and Ole Hansen-Løve, are both philosophy professors who separated when Hansen-Løve was in her 20s. In university, Hansen-Løve studied German and minored in Philosophy.

As a teenager, Hansen-Løve enjoyed acting and appeared in Late August, Early September and Sentimental Destinies, both directed by Olivier Assayas. In 2001, Mia Hansen-Løve began studying at the Conservatory of Dramatic Arts in Paris, but left in 2003 and began writing reviews for French film magazine Cahiers du cinéma until 2005, a job that fueled her desire to make films herself. "What I wanted [as a Cahiers critic] was to build little-by-little a cinematic train of thought," says Hansen-Løve. In regards to her time at Cahiers du cinéma, Hansen-Løve says she is not nostalgic about this period in her life, however useful it was. In addition, she experienced misogyny while there. Meanwhile, she directed several shorts, including Contre-coup (2005), which starred Louis Garrel and Lolita Chammah. In an interview with The Guardian in 2016, Hansen-Løve stated, "When I was in my 20s, I was completely lost in life. Realizing I wanted to make films gave me strength. Because film-making is a perpetual questioning of existence. What is beauty? Why am I living? And I need that, I think, perhaps because of being the daughter of two philosophy teachers.”


Hansen-Løve's debut film, All Is Forgiven, was nominated for a César Award for Best First Feature Film in 2008 by the French Film Academy.

Her second film, Father of My Children, premiered at the 2009 Cannes Film Festival in the Un Certain Regard section and won the Special Jury Prize. The film was inspired by the suicide of Humbert Balsan, a French actor and film producer who served as an early mentor for Hansen-Løve.

Her third feature was the semi-autobiographical film, Goodbye First Love. Hansen-Løve cast actress Lola Créton after seeing her in Bluebeard. Her partner Olivier Assayas, who was with her at the time of the viewing, subsequently cast Créton in one of his films as well. The film premiered at the 2011 Locarno International Film Festival, where it received a special mention from the Jury.

In August 2012, TIFF Cinemathique presented a retrospective of Hansen-Løve's work titled "Fathers and Daughters: The Films of Mia Hansen-Løve."

In November 2013, Hansen-Løve began filming on Eden, an autobiographical drama about a young man named Paul who discovers the burgeoning French house music scene during the early 90s. The film was inspired and co-written by her brother Sven, who had been part of the 90s club scene as a DJ. Hansen-Løve went through multiple producers while trying to make the film, as obtaining the rights to the music she wanted to use was both time-consuming and expensive. Actors Greta Gerwig and Brady Corbet starred in the film, which premiered at the 2014 Toronto International Film Festival.

During promotion for Eden, Hansen-Løve announced that her next film, Things to Come (L'Avenir), would star Isabelle Huppert as a philosophy teacher whose seemingly perfect life begins to fall apart when her husband leaves her and her children move away from home. Hansen-Løve cited Eric Rohmer's The Green Ray as the "one film [she] couldn't help thinking of when writing Things to Come" because of the similarities between the film's themes and their central female characters. The film was completed in 2016 and premiered in competition at the 66th Berlin International Film Festival where Hansen-Løve won the Silver Bear for Best Director.

In September 2018, Hansen-Løve premiered Maya at the 2018 Toronto International Film Festival as a part of the Special Presentations section.

In May 2017, it was announced that Hansen-Løve would be making her English-language debut with Bergman Island. Set on the Swedish island of Fårö, the film illustrates an American filmmaking couple who retreat to the island that inspired the famous director, [Ingmar] Bergman, where they reside for the summer to each write screenplays for their upcoming films. The film was set to star Greta Gerwig, Mia Wasikowska, Anders Danielsen Lie, and John Turturro, but in August 2018, it was announced that Vicky Krieps would replace Gerwig and Turturro would no longer star in the film. Production began in August 2018.

In addition to being a notable filmmaker, Hansen-Løve is also a screenwriter, having written the screenplays for all of her films. "I write all films by myself," says Hansen-Løve. "I really try to close a door and go inside myself to search for my own truth. It would be a limitation to stick to those cineastes that I look up to. What I admire in them is precisely their sense of independence, how they created their own language and how they plunged into themselves to make their own films."

Style and themes

Hansen-Løve's films mainly revolve around familial and/or romantic relationships and their effects. Eden, Father of My Children, and Things to Come all draw from important persons or events in Hansen-Løve's life, however she has stated that while all her films are personal, they’re not autobiographical. Time Out writer Dave Calhoun describes Hansen-Løve's films as "intimate, realist, free of melodrama. They have a lightness of touch and yet feel wise." Hansen-Løve's brother, Sven, claims that the director "prides herself on trueness and realism and authenticity." Rather than relying on shocking or dramatic events, Hansen-Løve rests her narratives on subtle emotional shifts; climatic moments occur naturally and with no prior indication.

Common themes found in Hansen-Løve's films are personal crisis, desire, and existentialism. In addition, her films tend to touch upon the generational effects of France's political and social history. Hansen-Løve's films have been compared to those of French auteur Eric Rohmer, whose films such as The Green Ray are said to be influential to Hansen-Løve.

Hansen-Løve has stated that she sees All Is Forgiven, Father of My Children, and Goodbye First Love as a loose trilogy about the transformations the coincide with the transition to adulthood. “It’s not accidental that the daughters are all 15, 16, or 17 for the majority of each film,” she indicates. “It’s not only about the relationship between fathers and daughters, it’s about that particular age where you separate from your family and become an adult.”

Personal life

Hansen-Løve was in a relationship with director Olivier Assayas, who directed her in the films Late August, Early September and Sentimental Destinies, from 2002 to 2017. Though it was widely assumed they were married Hansen-Løve revealed after they split that they never had been. Together they have a daughter named Vicky, born in 2009.

Hansen-Løve is the younger sister of Sven Hansen-Løve, who was a successful DJ in the 90s and who was the inspiration and co-writer for her film Eden.

Her cousin, Igor Hansen-Løve, is a L’Express journalist. He had a small role in her 2009 film Father of My Children.

The contents of this page are sourced from Wikipedia article on 01 May 2020. The contents are available under the CC BY-SA 4.0 license.
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