Making a war film with a feminine look, such is the ambition of the filmmaker Eva Husson, with Les filles du soleil, on the fate of the Kurdish fighters l A work considered "naive" by some, when others praise their courage and their humanity.
The fight scenes for 25 minutes, it's annoying! "Says the director at Cannes, where the film was recently received in the spring." What I want is to be with the characters, "she insisted.
In theaters on Wednesday, The Girls of the Sun evokes a subject almost never dealt with on screen, at least in fiction: the fate of the Yezidis women (never identified as such in the film) captured by jihadists, turned into sex slaves, and for some armed combatants.
A story based on real events, which inspired this filmmaker claiming a feminist approach, facing a film industry "dominated by a white male gaze." "I think it's very important that the world represents itself as it is … with strong women who are not just victims or prostitutes," said Eva Husson, who spoke at length with reporters and veterans.
Attacking the war movie, after a first feature film about young people organizing sex orgies (Bang gang), she only cares about female characters and focuses on her career instead of fighting. His film follows Sergeant Bahar, played by Iranian actress Golshifteh Farahani (heavily involved in his role) during a day-long offensive against Islamists somewhere in Kurdistan in November 2015. Reflection on motherhood, struggle, place women, all highlighted by a very present song (also?), the film captures its heroines very closely.
Through flashbacks and confessions with a reporter, Mathilde (Emmanuelle Bercot), the viewer discovers that before using a trellis, Bahar was a lawyer, married and mother. Her life was transformed by the sudden arrival of "men in black" who killed her husband, kidnapped her son and made her a sexual slave. A reality treated with shame, the director abstained from showing certain atrocities not to reduce the characters to the status of "victims."
She prefers to build an ode to these fighters, filming her tenacity, like that of this woman, about to give birth, fleeing the Islamists. Defending a feminine look, where attention is paid to the representation of the female body, violence against women, sex and nudity, Eva Husson believes such a scene would be "far more removed by male filmmakers.
"She claims to be very feminist, and I do not make a difference," Emmanuelle Bercot, head-up, said. "She wants to show women in her own way, not making them beautiful, but with close-ups. She's like a painter with us." "We'll bet you say it's a women's movie," said Thierry Frémaux, the general manager of Cannes, announcing the selection of the film in the competition. As expected, he deeply divided the Croisette.
"On the one hand, it highlights a terrible and important story … on the other hand, it does this to undermine its message," wrote the Hollywood Reporter, when the site, very influential. Indie Wire has predicted nothing less than the Palm of Gold in Eva Husson. "All the movies I adore are kids. A movie that has a strong point of view, it's almost necessary that it be cleavage," the director replied.