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WORLD NARRATIVE FEATURE COMPETITION

HANDSOME HARRY

Directed by Bette Gordon
FEATURE NARRATIVE 94 Minutes World Premiere
FILM GUIDE HANDSOME HARRY

At 52, Harry Sweeney (Jamey Sheridan) lives a pretty monotonous but comfortable life. He's the absentee father of a grown son from a failed marriage, runs a small business, and visits the local diner regularly to flirt with career waitress Muriel (Karen Young). His past begins to resurface when he gets a call from Tom Kelly (Steve Buscemi), an old buddy on his deathbed. Tom believes he needs forgiveness from a fellow crewman, David Kagan, from their days in the Navy. The secret of what happened unfolds as Harry visits other old mates on his reluctant search for David. As Harry is forced to confront the past he's buried for so long, one wonders—is he searching for Tom's redemption or his own?

Director Bette Gordon (also showing a restored version of her 1983 film Variety at the Festival this year) carefully maneuvers a script by Nicholas T. Proferes (editor/cinematographer of Elia Kazan's The Visitors) by delicately unraveling what happened between the vets. Jamey Sheridan naturally conveys the complexity of Harry's demeanor, both stoic and vulnerable. The rest of the cast—including Aidan Quinn, Campbell Scott, and John Savage—beautifully contributes to this quiet, poignant story of redemption, escaping the past, and confronting the present.

Drama, Female Director(s), Crime
About the Director(s)
Bette Gordon (b. Boston) is a director and independent filmmaker best known for her films Variety (1984) and Luminous Motion (2000). Her early short films, most notably Empty Suitcases, won numerous awards and festival acclaim worldwide and had showings at New York's Museum of Modern Art and the Whitney Biennial. Gordon is a professor of film at Columbia University. She is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin at Madison and has lived in New York City since 1981.

Film Info
  • Section:
    World Narrative Feature Competition
  • Year:
    2009
  • Length:
    94 minutes
  • Language:
    English
  • Country:
    USA
  • Premiere:
    World
Cast & Credits
  • Primary Cast:
    Jamey Sheridan, Steve Buscemi, Mariann Mayberry, Aidan Quinn, John Savage, Campbell Scott, Titus Welliver, Karen Young
  • Screenwriter:
    Nicholas T. Proferes
  • Director:
    Bette Gordon
  • Executive Producers:
    Fred Berner, Elizabeth Kling
  • Editor:
    Keiko Deguchi
  • Sound Mixer:
    Skip Lievsay
  • Director of Photography:
    Nigel Bluck
  • Composer:
    Anton Sanko
  • Producer:
    Jamin O'Brien, Marilyn Haft, Eric Goldman, Jamey Sheridan

Contacts
  • Print Source
    Jamin O'Brien
    Producer
    Worldview Entertainment
    2 East Broadway, 4th Fl. New York, NY 10038
    Phone: 212 431 3090
    Jaminfl@gmail.com
  • Print Source
    Jamin O'Brien
    Producer
    Worldview Entertainment
    2 East Broadway, 4th Fl. New York, NY 10038
    Phone: 212 431 3090
    Jaminfl@gmail.com

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