Maria Giese is an American film director and screenwriter. She has a bachelor's degree from Wellesley College and a Masters of Fine Arts in film directing from the University of California, Los Angeles's Graduate School of Film & Technology. While at UCLA, she produced the student film A Dry Heat, for which she won a CINE Golden Eagle Award. She wrote and directed the 1996 British film When Saturday Comes, based on the early life of her then-husband, British film producer James Daly. Daly, who produced When Saturday Comes, separated from Giese a year after the film's release. She also wrote, directed, and co-produced Hunger, based on Nobel laureate Knut Hamsun's 1890 existentialist novel of the same title.