13th Bridges International Film Festival – Member of the Jury: Anna Hannah Rezan was born in Athens, Greece, to a lawyer, who wanted to become an actress and to a federal judge who wanted to become a director. She is of Greek American Jewish (from her maternal grandparents), Spanish, Polish, and Greek from Izmir and Crete descent. Rezan grew up in Athens, Greece and began acting as a child on the stage of a Club Med while on family vacation, where she made her stage debut in the hotel’s theatrical(musical) shows. At the age of 8 she had already decided that she wanted to make acting, her career.She appeared in many more productions through her early teens.
She enrolled in dance studies at the age of 4.The story is that she was staging theatrical plays with friends after school and directed her first short film at the age of 9, using her father’s video camera in an attempt to persuade her parents to “allow” her to become an actress. Her parents were supportive but didn’t love the idea and they revealed their own artistic endeavors to her when she was 17.
She began her career in her early teens by appearing in films and television series, most notably starring in the 2010 comedy film “ShowBitch”. Her first international feature film co-starring role was in “La commedia di Amos Poe (2010)”, that premiered in the 2010 Venice Film Festival.Her debut song “Let there be rain” was released internationally in 2011 and in 2016 her song “Let there be Love” was released internationally by Universal Music Group. In 2018 she co-starred in “Taxidevontas me ton Miki (2017)” by Asteris Koutoulas which premiered in Hof International Film Festival to rave reviews. Her directorial debut, My People (2022), is a documentary about the Jews of Greece during World War II, produced by her, Zafeiris Haitidis and Academy Award winners Mitchell Block and Kim Magnusson that was completed in 2022.