Richard Gere’s ‘Norman’: The Moderate Rise and Tragic Fall of a New York Fixer’ gets distributor

Richard Gere speaks at the Dalai Lama's 80th birthday celebration in New York City on July 10, 2015. File Photo by Dennis Van Tine/UPI | License Photo

NEW YORK, Aug. 13 (UPI) — Sony Pictures Classics says it will release the star-studded “Norman: The Moderate Rise and Tragic Fall of a New York Fixer” in North America, Benelux, Scandinavia, Eastern Europe and most of Asia.

Written and directed by Joseph Cedar, the film features Richard Gere, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Josh Charles, Michael Sheen, Lior Ashkenazi, Dan Stevens, Steve Buscemi and Hank Azaria.

“Norman Oppenheimer only wants to matter,” a synopsis said. “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, 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.”

“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,” SPC said in a statement.


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