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Jason Schwartzman’s ‘Between The Temples’ Lands at Sony Pictures Classics

Sony Pictures Classics has picked up the world distribution rights to Nathan Silver’s offbeat Jewish comedy Between the Temples, which bowed at Sundance.

The film sees Jason Schwartzman play Ben Gottlieb, a cantor in crisis after losing his voice and who falls for Carla Kessler, an adult bat mitzvah student (Carol Kane). However the student just happens to be his former grade school music teacher.

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Ben and Carla become an odd couple in a comedy that explores the complexities of belief, connection, and what it means to be a real mensch, according to the film’s synopsis. Between the Temples is directed by Silver, who co-wrote the script with C. Mason Wells.

Sony Pictures Classics in a statement said of its pick-up: “With his 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.”

The distribution news comes ahead of the film having its international premiere at the Berlin Film Festival. The ensemble cast includes Dolly de Leon, Caroline Aaron, Robert Smigel, Madeline Weinstein and Matthew Shear.

Between the Temples is produced by Tim Headington, Theresa Steele Page and Nate Kamiya for 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. They really understood Nathan’s unique vision and the spark he captured onscreen between Jason and Carol,” Headington said in his own statement.

The executive producer credits are shared by Schwartzman, Kane and Joshua Blum. The distribution deal was negotiated between SPC, Anonymous Content, and CAA Media Finance, with Stutz Law handling legal acting on behalf of the filmmakers.

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