There’s only a select number of films that get the distinction of screening at both Venice International Film Festival and Toronto International Film Festival, but one this year is The Bleeder.
The latest drama from Philippe Falardeau (Monsieur Lazhar, The Good Lie) stars Liev Schreiber, Elisabeth Moss, and Naomi Watts and follows the life of New Jersey boxer Chuck Wepner who was the inspiration behind Sylvester Stallone’s Rocky character.
Ahead of the premiere, the first clip has now landed, which finds Moss’ character, who plays his wife, catching Schreiber’s Chuck out on a date. Check it out below, along with the synopsis, and return for our review.
THE BLEEDER, a film by Philippe Falardeau, is the true-life story of Chuck Wepner (Leiv Schreiber), a liquor salesman from New Jersey, who went 15 rounds in the stunning 1975 heavyweight world championship against the greatest boxer of all time, Muhammad Ali. In his ten years as a boxer, Wepner endured eight broken noses, 14 losses, two knockouts, a total of 313 stitches, and ultimately inspired the billion-dollar Rocky franchise. But his toughest fights were outside the ring – living an epic life of booze, drugs, wild women, incredible highs and extraordinary lows.
The Bleeder will premiere at Venice and screen at TIFF.