NEW YORK (August 8, 2016) - Sony Pictures Classics announced today that they have acquired rights in North America, Benelux, Scandinavia, Eastern Europe, and Asia (excluding Korea) to NORMAN: THE MODERATE RISE AND TRAGIC FALL OF A NEW YORK FIXER, written and directed by Oscar-nominated® Joseph Cedar (FOOTNOTE). The film stars Richard Gere, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Josh Charles, Michael Sheen, Lior Ashkenazi, Dan Stevens, Steve Buscemi and Hank Azaria.
Norman Oppenheimer (Gere) only wants to matter.
Living a lonely life in the shadow of power and money, he uses any angle
or connection to put himself in a position of significance. He is an
opportunist, just not a very good one. Until he finally bets on the
right horse by buying a pair of expensive shoes for Micha Eshel
(Ashkenazi), a lowly Israeli politician. When Micha becomes Prime
Minister, Norman finds himself in the center of a geopolitical drama
beyond anything he could have imagined. Using his small-time skills,
Norman tries to solve a growingly complex puzzle with big-time
implications. This everyman’s journey is filled with the comedy, drama,
and tragedy of a man propelled out of anonymity yet ultimately too
small to ever be valued.
NORMAN: THE MODERATE RISE AND TRAGIC
FALL OF A NEW YORK FIXER was developed by Tadmor, financed by Tadmor and
Cold Iron Pictures and produced by Oren Moverman, Gideon Tadmor, Eyal
Rimmon, David Mandil, Miranda Bailey and Lawrence Inglee. The film was
financed in association with The Rabinovich Foundation, The Jerusalem
Film Fund and Keshet International.
"Joseph Cedar is that
exceptional filmmaker who possesses a singular style and has so much to
say about our character and the state of the world. We are so pleased to
continue our adventure with Joseph which started with FOOTNOTE and now
continues with NORMAN. The cast is superb highlighted by a career peak
performance by Richard Gere. We are also pleased to be in business with
our friends Oren Moverman, Miranda Bailey, Gideon Tadmor, Eyal Rimmon,
and Jessica Lacy at ICM. Audiences will embrace this movie because there
is simply nothing else out there like it," said Sony Pictures Classics.
Said Joseph Cedar, "Over the past twenty years so many of the
significant and memorable films I’ve seen came out through the unique
combination of expertise and passion that is Sony Pictures Classics. I
feel extremely fortunate to be in this company again and happy that
NORMAN will be adorned with the SPC logo – a logo that has come to mean:
expect to be enriched by an extraordinary cinematic experience that may
change the way you see the world."
"We're thrilled that NORMAN
has found its perfect home with SPC," said Tadmor's Gideon Tadmor.
"Joseph has created a beautiful, original and rich tale in line with his
incredible past work. We couldn't be more proud of this movie and are
excited to introduce NORMAN to the world together with SPC."
Miranda Bailey stated, "I am excited to be working with Sony Pictures
Classics again. It's not often one finds a distribution partner who puts
so much effort and care into their films and film makers. The team
couldn't be happier."
Sony Pictures Classics acquired Cedar’s
last film, FOOTNOTE out of the 64th Annual Cannes Film Festival in 2011,
where it won the Best Screenplay Award (Prix du Scénario) and then went
on to garner an Academy Award® nomination for Best Foreign Language
Film. Additionally, Cedar’s film, BEAUFORT, was also nominated for an
Academy Award® in that same category, in 2008.
The deal was negotiated between ICM Partners and Sony Pictures Classics.
ABOUT SONY PICTURES CLASSICS
Barker and Tom Bernard serve as co-presidents of Sony Pictures
Classics—an autonomous division of Sony Pictures Entertainment they
founded with Marcie Bloom in January 1992, which distributes, produces,
and acquires independent films from around the world. Barker and
Bernard have released prestigious films that have won 32 Academy Awards®
(28 of those at Sony Pictures Classics) and have garnered 159 Academy
Award® nominations (133 at Sony Pictures Classics) including Best
Picture nominations for WHIPLASH, AMOUR, MIDNIGHT IN PARIS, AN
EDUCATION, CAPOTE, HOWARDS END, AND CROUCHING TIGER, HIDDEN DRAGON.