Hank Levine’s first short film, THE FLYING DUTCHMEN, which he wrote and directed, premiered at the Berlinale in 1991. He moved to Los Angeles in the early 90’s working his way up through feature film and documentary productions in the US, Australia, Canada and South Africa. Hank settled in Brazil in 2000, where he co-produced Fernando Meirelles’ CITY OF GOD. The film was a commercial and critical success across the globe and was nominated for four Academy Awards, including Best Director.
Between 2002 and 2009 Hank joined Brazil’s largest and most award winning production company O2 Filmes, founded by Fernando Meirelles. International productions from that time include hundreds of commercials as well as the feature film JOURNEY TO THE END OF THE NIGHT with Brendan Fraser, Mos Def and Scott Glenn. In 2005, Hank co-directed and produced, together with Fernando Meirelles, the documentary GINGA, A ALMA DO FUTEBOL BRASILEIRO (GINGA, THE SOUL OF BRAZILIAN FOOTBALL), which was a co-production with Nike. The film was released worldwide.
Hank’s first sole directing credit will be on the feature length documentary ABANDONADOS (ABANDONED), set for release in the second half of 2010. Hank has recently returned from Senegal, where he directed the first part of his feature documentary, REFUGEE DIARIES, a socio political drama of global dimension and increasingly alarming violent conflicts.
Hank is currently producing the feature film QUEEN KRISTINA, which he also co-wrote, and is to be directed by Mika Kaurismaki. Sarah Polley (THE SWEET HEREAFTER, AWAY FROM HER) is attached to play the lead. Hank is also setting up the feature film CATALONIA based on the novel ‘Homage to Catalonia’ by George Orwell, to be directed by Hugh Hudson (CHARIOTS OF FIRE), with Kevin Spacey and Colin Firth in the lead roles.