Cleveland International Film Festival } March 22 – April 1, 2023 } Playhouse Square

Hannah Free

Year: 2009
Country: United States
Language: English
Run Time: 88 minutes

Hannah Free
Hannah Free
Hannah Free
Hannah Free
Hannah Free

Sharon Gless delivers a gutsy performance as an aging lesbian in HANNAH FREE, adapted from a play by Claudia Allen. After a long life spent working in Alaska and South America, Hannah is condemned to end her days in a Michigan nursing home. She carries on imaginary conversations with her life-long lover Rachel, who lies in a coma in another room in the facility. While young, Rachel had married a man who gave her children but soon died. Rachel and Hannah then shocked their Midwestern town by living together as a couple. Now, at the end of their lives, Rachel's religious daughter won't allow Hannah to visit her. Help comes in the form of a young student who plots Hannah's final reunion with Rachel. Author Claudia Allen writes, "Few plays are written about elderly lesbians. Fewer plays deal with their extreme vulnerability in a system that doesn't recognize our rights. I wanted to deal with those issues while also creating a love story about two women who loved each other for decades despite a few flaws and more than a few differences." –B.B.

CIFF34 Screenings

Friday, March 19, 2010 at 7:25 PM

Sunday, March 21, 2010 at 11:40 AM

Claudia Allen

Wendy Jo Carlton

Wendy Jo Carlton earned a graduate degree in film/new media from the University of Illinois Chicago. Her narrative and experimental short films have screened internationally. In addition to founding a media literacy program for teen girls called Chicks Make Flicks, Carlton works as a field producer for Sirius Radio and PBS Television


Tracy Baim, Sharon Zurek, Martie Marro, Wendy Jo Carlton

Gretchen Warthen

Sharon Zurek

Principal Cast
Sharon Gless, Maureen Gallagher, Kelli Strickland, Ann Hagemann

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