added: Wed, Dec 14th '16
Richard Gere adopts a Noo Yawk accent to play an overly ambitious yet extremely flawed schemer in the first trailer for the offbeat dramedy "Norman: The Moderate Rise And Tragic Fall Of A New York Fixer."
The film, which also stars Michael Sheen, Steve Buscemi, Dan Stevens, Hank Azaria, Josh Charles, and Charlotte Gainsbourg, tells the comedic story of Norman Oppenheimer (Gere), a crafty New York consultant who wheels and deals his way around the city's Jewish community before attaching himself to a little-known Israeli politician (played by Israeli actor Lior Ashkenazi) who, unbeknownst to anyone, is just a few years away from becoming Israel's next prime minister.
"Norman" is the English-language debut of acclaimed New York-born, Israeli writer-director Joseph Cedar, whose previous film was 2012's Oscar-nominated foreign drama "Footnote."
For his performance in the title role, Gere earned positive notices when the film premiered back in September at both Telluride and Toronto.
Acquired by Sony Pictures Classics, "Norman" will be coming to theaters in the spring.
Norman Oppenheimer (Richard Gere) lives a lonely life in the margins of New York City power and money, a would-be operator dreaming up financial schemes that never come to fruition. As he has nothing real to offer, Norman strives to be everyone's friend, but his incessant networking leads him nowhere.
Always on the lookout for someone willing to pay attention to him, Norman sets his sights on Micha Eshel (Lior Ashkenazi), a charismatic Israeli politician alone in New York at a low point in his career. Sensing Eshel's vulnerability, Norman reaches out with a gift of a very expensive pair of shoes, a gesture that deeply touches Eshel. When Eshel becomes Prime Minister three years later, he remembers.
With his very real connection to the leader of a major nation, Norman is awash in the respect he has always craved. Flush with his newfound feeling of success, Norman attempts to use Eshel's name to leverage his biggest deal ever: a series of quid pro quo transactions linking the Prime Minister to Norman's nephew (Michael Sheen), a rabbi (Steve Buscemi), a mogul (Harris Yulin), his assistant (Dan Stevens), and a treasury official from the Ivory Coast. Norman's kaleidoscopic plans soon go awry, creating the potential for an international catastrophe he must struggle to prevent.
directed by Joseph Cedar
starring Richard Gere, Lior Ashkenazi, Michael Sheen, Steve Buscemi, Dan Stevens, Hank Azaria, Josh Charles, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Harris Yulin
release date April 14, 2017