Female Filmmaker Friday: Eva Husson, Enthusiast of Female Perspective

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"I think you have to figure out things for yourself...the most important thing is to understand what suits your own needs and what is your own path."

Eva Husson is a French director, writer, and actress. Given the opportunity to pursue acting at the age of fourteen, Husson played "Julie" in the film Les Romantiques, and then in the 1999 film La Révolution sexuelle n’a pas eu lieu.

In 2004, Husson wrote and directed her first short film Hope to Die, following up in 2013 with the short Those for Whom It’s Always Complicated. Her feature directorial debut came in 2015 with the film Bang Gang (A Modern Love Story), which especially explores female sexuality and the stigma on girls who have multiple sexual partners.

At the 2018 Cannes Film Festival, Husson debuted the film, Girls of the Sun, staring Golshifteh Farahani as the leader of a group of Kurdish women who return to their home which has been taken over by extremists. Husson was inspired to have themes of resistance against fascist oppression from the history of her own family. She is the grandniece and granddaughter of Spanish republican soldiers, who both established the resistance in France during WWII.

Listen to a short interview from TIFF 2015 with Husson’s view on female storytelling: