2021 Sundance Film Festival Predictions: Barry Levinson’s Harry Haft
Despite the Covid, I’m surprised that this biopic directed by the always busy veteran helmer Barry Levinson didn’t shore up at some fest in 2020. Production took place in Hungary and in the U.S. in February of 2019 with Ben Foster toplining and Billy Magnussen, Danny DeVito, Vicky Krieps, Peter Sarsgaard, Saro Emirze, Dar Zuzovsky and John Leguizamo as supporting players on this boxing card. A second biopic in a row after Paterno, Levinson just signed up to helm a biopic based on the filming of The Godfather called, Francis And The Godfather.
Gist: Set post-World War II and sees Haft, a boxer who fought fellow prisoners in the concentration camps to survive. Haunted by the memories and his guilt, he attempts to use high-profile fights against boxing legends like Rocky Marciano as a way to find his first love again.
Production Co./Producers: Bron Studios’ Aaron L. Gilbert, Matti Leshem, Barry Levinson, Scott Pardo, Jason Sosnoff.
U.S. Distributor: Rights Available.