Picture Norman

Norman

Original title: Norman: The Moderate Rise and Tragic Fall of a New York Fixer
Director: Joseph Cedar
Cast: Richard Gere, Lior Ashkenazi, Michael Sheen, Dan Stevens
Country: Israel, United States
Year of production: 2017
Length (min): 118
Language: English, Hebrew
Subtitles: Czech
Sales: Park Circus
Section: Tribute: Oren Moverman

Norman Oppenheimer is an absolutely average and utterly uninteresting man who wants nothing more than to get to the top. It doesn't matter how, only that the position is prominent. One day, he gets lucky when he helps an Israeli politician who later becomes a prime minister. Norman's life changes dramatically, but his abilities don't meet the demands of the new situation. This tragicomic drama shows the fate of a man whose ambitions cause a disaster.

Joseph Cedar

The Israeli filmmaker studied philosophy and history in Jerusalem, and directing in New York. His first three films focus on the complicated relationships in the Middle East. His drama Beaufort won a Silver Bear at Berlinale, and the comedy drama Footnote won the Best Screenplay award in Cannes IFF. Both films were nominated for an Oscar.

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