Sony Pictures Classics has acquired all rights worldwide to Nathan Silver’s Between The Temples starring Jason Schwartzman and Carol Kane, following its buzzy world premiere at Sundance and ahead of its upcoming international debut at the Berlinale.
Billed by SPC as a comedy “exploring the complexities of belief, connection, and what it means to be a real mensch”, Between The Temples co-stars Schwartzman as is a forty-something cantor who is losing his voice and possibly his faith following the death of his wife.
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As he struggles to meet the expectations of his rabbi, congregation, and not one but two Jewish mothers – played by Dolly de Leon (Triangle Of Sadness) and Caroline Aaron (The Marvellous Mrs. Maisel) – his life is turned upside down when his grade school music teacher (Kane) re-enters his life as an adult bat mitzvah student.
Robert Smigel (Leo), Madeline Weinstein (Beach Rats) and Matthew Shear (Mistress America) round out the cast.
The film is produced by Tim Headington, Theresa Steele Page, and Nate Kamiya on behalf of Ley Line Entertainment; Adam Kersh of Fusion Entertainment; and Taylor Hess.
“We are so thrilled to be partnering with Sony Pictures Classics on the release,” said Headington. “They really understood Nathan’s unique vision and the spark he captured onscreen between Jason and Carol.”
Silver emphasized the role that SPC had played in his own cinematic journey.
“It’s an insane honor to have our movie released by a company whose library has so fully shaped my cinematic life: Crumb, Henry Fool, Orlando, Safe, Elle, every Almodóvar…That blue and white logo is forever branded to my brain as a mark of excellence. I’m extraordinarily grateful for Between The Temples to find its home here.”
Sony Pictures Classics praised the film’s “distinctive and unique characters”.
“Nathan has created a story laced with acerbic wit and humor in Between The Temples while remaining tender throughout. Audiences everywhere will see themselves in this funny, relatable, and moving film,” said the company
Executive Producers for the film are David Darby and Lauren Shelton on behalf of Ley Line Entertainment, Jason Schwartzman, Carol Kane, and Joshua Blum.
The deal was negotiated between SPC, Anonymous Content, and CAA Media Finance, with Stutz Law handling legal on behalf of the filmmakers.
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