Exclusive Sneak Peek/Philadelphia Premiere
Director: Joseph Cedar
Country: USA, Israel
Running Time: 117 min
Language: English and Hebrew with English subtitles
Rated R for some language
Tickets: Advance Registration for NORMAN is now closed. A rush line will form at the Ritz East at 6:30 pm and numbers will be distributed in case any seats are made available. All registered guests are encouraged to arrive by 7 pm. Registered guests who do not arrive by scheduled show time will not be guaranteed a seat.
Fumbling through his proverbial Rolodex of friends and acquaintances who dwell in the upper echelons of the New York Jewish community, Norman Oppenheimer (Richard Gere) is a lonely dreamer who at his core is seeking a way to matter. With nothing of substance to offer and no real relationships to speak of, he strives to befriend all, trusting that someday his incessant networking will pay off. When Norman sets his sights on Micha Eshel (Lior Ashkenazi), a charismatic Israeli politician alone in New York on business, his golden ticket arrives in the form of a very expensive pair of shoes which Norman elects to gift Eshel, a gesture that continues to resonate when Eshel becomes Israel’s new Prime Minister three years later. Now, with a newfound connection to the leader of a major nation, Norman is awash in the respect he’s always craved. Using Eshel’s name to leverage his biggest deals ever, Norman’s plans soon go awry, creating the potential for an international catastrophe only he can prevent.
With its stunning cast (including Hank Azaria, Steve Buscemi, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Neta Riskin and Michael Sheen) and expert cinematography, NORMAN is an amusing and heady comic drama that continues to explore the writer-director’s fascination with man’s search for validation and meaning.
Special Guest: Lior Ashkenazi, Star of Norman
Special Event: Cocktail Party with Lior Ashkenazi in private Society Hill Home
$100 Pre-film Cocktail Party with Ashkenazi (location revealed upon ticket purchase) – click here to purchase tickets for the cocktail party!