Handsome Harry

World Premiere

USA | 94 MINUTES

HANDSOME HARRY

Drama, Female Director(s), Crime

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.


CAST & CREDITS

Directed by Bette Gordon

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.
Director
Bette Gordon
Producer
Jamin O'Brien, Marilyn Haft, Eric Goldman, Jamey Sheridan
Primary Cast
Jamey Sheridan, Steve Buscemi, Mariann Mayberry, Aidan Quinn, John Savage, Campbell Scott, Titus Welliver, Karen Young
Screenwriter
Nicholas T. Proferes
Director of Photography
Nigel Bluck
Executive Producers
Fred Berner, Elizabeth Kling
Editor
Keiko Deguchi
Composer
Anton Sanko
Sound Mixer
Skip Lievsay

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