In the new film “Norman: The Moderate Rise and Tragic Fall of a New York Fixer,” Norman Oppenheimer (Richard Gere) will do anything to feel like he matters. A lonely man on the margins of New York City power and money, Norman dreams up financial schemes and tries to bring them to life by incessantly networking. Then one day, he buys an Israeli politician an expensive pair of shoes and soon he’s flush with respect and caught in the crossfires of a potential international catastrophe. The film co-stars Lior Ashkenazi (“Late Marriage”), Michael Sheen (“Frost/Nixon”), Steve Buscemi (“Mystery Train”), Dan Stevens (“Downton Abbey”), Hank Azaria (“The Simpsons”) and more. Watch a teaser trailer below.
The film is written and directed by Joseph Cedar. He wrote and directed the 2011 film “Footnote,” which was nominated for a Best Foreign Language Film Oscar, as well as the films “Campfire” and “Beaufort.” Meanwhile, Gere is best known for his performances in “An Officer and a Gentleman,” Pretty Woman” and “Chicago,” for which he won the Golden Globe for Best Actor in a Musical or Comedy.
“Norman” made its world premiere at this year’s Telluride Film Festival and later screened at the Toronto International Film Festival. It will enter theaters in March, 2017 from Sony Pictures Classics.