Parisian, born in 1981, she made her debut as an actress at a very young age Olivier Assayas’ Fin août, début septembre (Late August, Early September – 1998) and Les destinées sentimentales (Sentimental Destinies – 2000). Their artistic partnership would soon translate outside the set also. In 2001, Mia Hansen-Løve enrolled at the Conservatoire d’art dramatique in Paris, which she left after two years, when she began writing for Cahiers du Cinéma.
Shortly after, she moved behind the camera with a black and white short Un pur esprit (2004), immediately followed by another short, Après mûre réflexion, presented at the Locarno Film Festival.
In 2007, her first feature Tout est pardonné (All Is Forgiven), a story of family ties and abandonment, made its debut at the Quinzaine des réalisateurs at the Cannes Film Festival; the film was also awarded the Louis Delluc Prize and was nominated for Best First Feature at the Cèsar.
The following feature, Le père de mes enfants (Father of my children, 2009), portrays the decline of an established film producer and his decision to take his own life, leaving his wife and daughters to grapple with his material and spiritual legacy. The film won the Special Jury Prize at Cannes, in the Un Certain Regard section.
In 2012, Hansen-Løve won the Best Director’s award at the Locarno Film Festival with Un amour de jeunesse (Goodbye First Love), where Lola Créton stars in an all-encompassing love story born during adolescence and consumed in adulthood.
After the release of Eden (2014), a portrait of the French music scene of the nineties inspired by the story of her brother Sven presented at the Toronto International Film Festival, in 2016 Mia Hansen-Løve directed Isabelle Huppert in L’avenir (Things to come), which earned her the Silver Bear for Best Director in Berlin. The film tells the story of a philosophy teacher whose seemingly perfect life begins to fall apart when her husband leaves her and her children leave home.
In September 2018, Hansen-Løve returned to Toronto for the preview of Maya, a trip to India of a young war reporter searching for peace and communion with the world, away from the ghosts of a traumatic past and present.
Director and screenwriter of all her works, through her films Mia Hansen-Løve has collected a series of portraits which, as she herself declared, are inspired by the people she met or loved, interweaving stories of love, abandonment, growth and rebirth. Nowadays, Mia Hansen-Løve is an established name among contemporary French filmmakers, beloved by critics who have followed her work from Festival to Festival, often comparing her to masters such as Truffaut and Rohmer.
Her latest feature film, Bergman Island, will be presented at the next Cannes Film Festival. Filmed entirely in English and starring Tim Roth, the film portrays the professional and personal relationship of a couple of American directors who retired to the island of Fårö – where Ingmar Bergman lived – to write a movie.
Mia Hansen-Løve will attend the Festival as a guest.