As longtime admirers of Mia Hansen-Løve’s body of work here on the podcast, producer Elliot hosts a very candid and revealing conversation with the French director. In her latest film Un Beau Matin, Mia describes it as her most auto-biographical film to date. Mia shares how she is able to explore such existential questions from such an intimate portrait. Find out what moves Mia to make films and why cinema for her is a tool for understanding her life’s journey.

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In 2001, Mia Hansen-Løve began studying at the municipal Conservatory of Dramatic Arts in Paris’ 10th district but she dropped our after two years to contribute instead to the famous film magazine “Les Cahiers du Cinéma”, where Olivier Assayas also wrote. In 2001, she tried her hand at directing and, as of the first day of shooting, discovered that this WAS what she wanted to do. The result was Après mûre réflexion (2004). Since then, although aged only twenty-eight, she has already made two more films, All Is Forgiven (2007) and Father of My Children (2009), both acclaimed by the critics, both showing consistent thematic and stylistic unity.

Films mentioned

  • Un Beau Matin (Mia Hansen-Løve, 2022)
  • Bergman Island (Mia Hansen-Løve, 2021)

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