Beth Hanna is a cinephile and film writer living in Los Angeles, with a master’s degree in cinema and media studies from UCLA, and a bachelor’s degree in film studies from the University of Colorado at Boulder. She has previously worked as an associate programmer for AFI FEST 2013; for AFI FESTs 2009 and ’10, where she oversaw the screen education program, screening a selection of festival titles for middle- and high-school students from across L.A.; and in the film programming department at the American Cinematheque, where she programmed the Cinematheque’s first-ever Rainer Werner Fassbinder and Luis Buñuel retrospectives in 2012. You can follow Beth on Twitter, and read her film reviews and features at Indiewire's Thompson on Hollywood.
Articles by Beth Hanna
Something remarkable about Lucy Walker’s short documentary film “The Lion’s Mouth Opens,” which premiered at Sundance, is that in its mere fifteen minute running time a stage is set for a story that will unfold over years — a lifetime. Read more>>read more
In Lars von Trier’s “Nymphomaniac Volume 1,” Sundance’s hotly anticipated “Secret Screening” on January 21, a bruised and bloody woman, Joe (Charlotte Gainsbourg), is found lying in a back alley by a lonely man (Stellan Skarsgard). Once he ushers her into his home and gets her situated in bed with tea, he invites the woman to tell her story. How did she get there? Read more>>read more
At last year’s Sundance, Lake Bell’s wonderful “In a World” stuck to the conventional tenets of a romantic comedy while featuring the feminist theme of a woman trying to make it in the sexist industry of trailer voiceovers. At this year’s Sundance, Gillian Robespierre’s equally winning “Obvious Child,” an entry in the NEXT section, similarly sticks to the rom-com arc while throwing in a gutsy curveball: The film’s main woman and man fall in love while getting an abortion.Read more>>read more
Gregg Araki can spin pop-colored, darkly funny suburban tragedies like few other directors working today, with 2004’s “Mysterious Skin” as the formidable example. Sundance premiere “White Bird in a Blizzard,” while not matching the overall emotional swell of “Mysterious Skin,” again finds Araki in top form. Read more>>read more