'All About Nina' Director Eva Vives on How Being 'Headstrong' Created a Space for Her in Hollywood

It’s All About Nina in Eva Vives’ latest film -- and first directorial feature -- but really, it’s all Vives.

The Spanish filmmaker moved to the U.S. from Barcelona in 1994 to attend New York University. Less than a decade later, she was nominated for an Independent Spirit Award for Best First Screenplay for 2002’s Raising Victor Vargas, which she co-wrote with Peter Sollett.

The film was acclaimed for its authentic portrayal of what it was like to grow up in the Hispanic community on the Lower East Side, and it’s a project that to this day, Vives holds very near and dear to her heart. But if she put most of herself into Raising Victor Vargas, she put all of herself into All About Nina.

Vargas wrote the movie, starring Mary Elizabeth Winstead, about a comedian who tries to confront her intimacy issues and history of abuse while attempting to score a big new gig in L.A. The character is fictional, but the trauma she went through at the hands of her father is not -- it’s very much Vives’ story.

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