Monday, August 29, 2011

Teen Girl Becomes Perfect Assassin in �Hanna�

A teenage girl goes out into the world for the first time - and has to battle for her life, in Columbia Pictures' action-thriller �Hanna.� Directed by Joe Wright (�Atonement,� �Pride & Prejudice�) and starring Eric Bana, Cate Blanchett and Saoirse Ronan, �Hanna� will be shown soon exclusively at Ayala Malls Cinemas (Glorietta 4, Greenbelt 3 and Trinoma).

In the film, Hanna (Ronan) is 16 years old. She is bright, inquisitive, and a devoted daughter. Uniquely, she has the strength, the stamina, and the smarts of a soldier; these come from being raised by her widowed father Erik (Bana), an ex-CIA man, in the wilds of North Finland.

Erik has taught Hanna to hunt, put her through extreme self-defense workouts, and home-schooled her with only an encyclopedia and a book of fairy tales. Hanna has been living a life unlike any other teenager; her upbringing and training have been one and the same, all geared to making her the perfect assassin.

But out in the world there is unfinished business for Hanna�s family, and it is with a combination of pride and apprehension that Erik realizes his daughter can no longer be held back.

This turning point in Hanna�s adolescence is a sharp one; she is separated from Erik and embarks on the mission that she was always destined for.

What interested me in the script was the character of Hanna; we don�t see enough films with a teenaged female protagonist,� director Joe Wright explains. �Thematically, I�ve always been intrigued by characters who are holy fools - like E.T., Chauncey Gardiner in `Being There,' and Kaspar Hauser in Werner Herzog�s movie - and who are not really of this world. Those last two, especially, have grown up in a world that doesn�t have the pressures of outside society and so-called civilization. They come into our world with an adult consciousness but with the na�vet� of a child. I find it fascinating how someone like that experiences the world, because it offers us a subjective opportunity to see things afresh.

For a far more personal reason, what drew me to Hanna was its female protagonist,� continues Wright. �A very dear friend of mine was raped around the time that I was reading the script, and I was so angry; I had been thinking about how women are placed within society, and about what it means to be a young woman in today�s cultural climate. I look around, and I wonder whatever happened to feminism; it wasn�t meant to be a passing fashion, it was meant to change the world forever. I�m appalled by the sexualization of teenagers, and by Hello! Magazine culture. These things scare me. There was an impulse to create, as a response to what happened to my friend, a strong female character who had grown up outside of gender sexual politics, who had never met another woman, never seen advertising nor had a clue what lip gloss was.

�Hanna� is distributed by Columbia Pictures, local office of Sony Pictures Releasing International. Visit for trailers, exclusive content and free downloads. Like us at and join our fan contests.

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