Eva Husson is a French film director and screenwriter. She began her career as an actress before directing short films and music videos. In 2015, she directed her first feature film Bang Gang (a modern love story), which competed at the Toronto International Film Festival. She then directed the Palme d'Or-nominated film Girls of the Sun (2018), starring Golshifteh Farahani and Emmanuelle Bercot.
Eva was born in Le Havre. She is the daughter of two Spanish teachers and the grandniece and the granddaughter of Spanish republican soldiers. The former, Ricardo Maso March, was a communist, and the latter, Albert Maso March, was an anarchist. They both helped establishing the resistance in France during the World War II. Her great oncle Albert Maso March, also known as Alberto Vega, was an influent member of the POUM in Spain. He becomes its leader remotely while living in exil in France. In Paris, during the nazi occupation, he created a defence service composed of ex-members of the POUM.
This heritage inspired Eva to write Girls of the Sun, and to explore the theme of the resistance against fascist oppression.
Eva studied at the American Film Institute, where Andrea Arnold, Terrence Malick and David Lynch, among others, also studied. During her studies, she received several scholarships and prizes, such as the Franco-American Cultural Fund, the Mary Pickford award for Excellence in Directing, and the Multicultural Motion Picture Association award. Her thesis film, Hope to Die, was nominated at the Student Academy award, at the American Society of Cinematographers, and screened in several festivals around the world (Tribeca, Deauville, Los Angeles,…).
Scouted in the street at the age of 14, she began her career in cinema as an actress, playing the role of Julie in the movie Les Romantiques, directed by Christian Zarifian in 1994. She then acted in La Révolution sexuelle n’a pas eu lieu, directed by Judith Cahen, in 1999.
In 2004, she writes and directs Hope to Die, selected at the American Film Festival of Deauville, among others.
|1994||Les Romantiques||Actress (Julie)||Feature film|
|1999||La Révolution sexuelle n'a pas eu lieu||Actress (Eva)||Feature film|
|2004||Hope to Die||Writer, director, producer||Short film|
|2013||Those For Whom It's Always Complicated||Writer, director, producer, cinematographer||Short film|
|2015||Bang Gang (a modern love story)||Writer, director||Feature film|
|2018||Girls of the sun||Writer, director||Feature film|
In 2013, Eva is the director, writer and cinematographer of a Those For Whom It's Always Complicated. This comedy in English, shot in the Death Valley in 5 days with 3 actors, including her close collaborator Morgan Kibby, was shown in many festivals around the world and on the French/German TV channel Arte in 2014.
In 2015, after 6 years of work, she directed her first feature film Bang Gang (a modern love story), produced by French-Iranian producer Didar Domehri. The movie competed at the Toronto International Film Festival, the London Film Festival, and the Jerusalem Film Festival, among others.
In 2015 she discovered the existence of kurdish women fighters who had been captured and kept as sex slaves by Daesh. Inspired by the resilience of these women, and in an attempt to explore what it means to fight for an ideal, from her grandfather's personal story, she began writing her second feature film, Girls of the Sun, which tells the story of Bahar (Golshifteh Farahani), commandant of the Girls of the Sun, a battalion composed only of women fighters.
The movie was shot in Georgia from September to November 2017 and was part of the official competition at the 71st edition of the Cannes Film Festival, in 2018.
Awards and nominations
- 2018 Official competition Festival de Cannes - Girls of the Sun
- Rebecca Keegan (12 May 2018). "Preparing For Cannes's Women-Led Revolution with Director Eva Husson". Vanity Fair. Retrieved 15 May 2018.