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Sony Pictures Classics has acquired rights in North America, Benelux, Scandinavia, Eastern Europe, and Asia (excluding Korea) to Richard Gere’s “Norman: The Moderate Rise and Tragic Fall of a New  York Fixer.”

The film is directed by Joseph Cedar (“Footnote”) from his own script. It also stars Charlotte Gainsbourg, Josh Charles, Michael Sheen, Lior Ashkenazi, Dan Stevens, Steve Buscemi, and Hank Azaria.

Gere plays an opportunist who’s unsuccessful until he buys a pair of expensive shoes for a lowly Israeli politician who becomes prime minister, and finds himself in the center of a geopolitical drama beyond anything he could have imagined. Using his small-time skills, he tries to solve a growingly complex puzzle with big-time implications.

“Norman” 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,” said Sony Pictures Classics. “We are so pleased to continue our adventure with Joseph, which started with ‘Footnote’ and now continues with ‘Norman.'”

Sony Classics acquired “Footnote” at the 2011 Cannes Film Festival, where it won the best screenplay award and then went on to garner an Academy Award nomination for best foreign language film. The deal for “Norman” was negotiated between ICM Partners and Sony Classics.