Director Joseph Cedar watched the crowd with amazement and then introduced the film by saying that this is exactly the audience he made the film for.
Director Joseph Cedar explains his inspiration for “Norman,” which stars Richard Gere as a New York fixer.
Richard Gere didn’t think he was the obvious choice to play a Jewish-American fixer. Joseph Cedar, director of “Norman,” disagreed.
Israeli-born producer Avi Lerner can’t compare the film “Footnote” to the blockbusters that he produces. “It’s a different movie,” he said of the Israeli film, which is nominated for an Academy Award in Best Foreign Language Film category. Lerner, who has produced big-budget action movies like “The Expendables” and low-budget exploitation flicks like “Crocodile 2: Death Swamp,” was among the 50 guests gathered for a pre-Oscar party for “Footnote” at a private home in Beverly Hills Thursday night.
‘Footnote’ director Joseph Cedar arrives at Cannes Film Festival in May. Courtesy of Getty Images.
Image from “The Boat,” directed by Nir Bergman in “Sharon Amrani: Remember His Name.”
May was a good month for the Cedar family. On the heels of Israeli filmmaker Joseph Cedar’s winning the best screenplay award at the 2011 Cannes Film Festival for his film “Footnote,” about Hebrew University Talmud scholar rivals who are father and son, it was announced on May 31st that his father, real-life Hebrew University professor Howard Cedar, was the recipient of one of the three first major grants in a $350 million Israeli government program to reverse Israel’s brain drain.