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Sony Pictures Classics Acquires Dror Moreh’s The Human Factor


Sony Pictures Classics announced they have acquired rights in North America, Scandinavia, India, South Africa, Benelux, Australia, New Zealand, Asia, and worldwide airlines to THE HUMAN FACTOR directed by Academy Award®-nominee Dror Moreh (THE GATEKEEPERS, SHARON) and produced by Dror Moreh and Teddy Leifer (ICARUS, THE INVISIBLE WAR, THE INTERRUPTERS).

With unprecedented access to the foremost American negotiators, THE HUMAN FACTOR is the behind-the-scenes story from the last 25 years, of how the United States came within reach of pulling off the impossible – securing peace between Israel and its neighbours. Today, the need to learn from past mistakes couldn’t be more urgent.

Said Sony Pictures Classics, “THE HUMAN FACTOR is a seminal movie on one of the most important subjects of our time. It is the movie people are hungering for, this year in particular. It is great to be back in business with Dror Moreh.” 

“We are very excited to be working with the talented team at Sony Pictures Classics on the release of THE HUMAN FACTOR later this year,” said Teddy Leifer and Dror Moreh.

Sony Pictures Classics previously collaborated with Dror Moreh on the Academy Award®-nominated THE GATEKEEPERS.

The deal was negotiated by UTA on behalf of Rise Films and Dror Moreh Productions.

Michael Barker and Tom Bernard serve as co-presidents of Sony Pictures Classics—an autonomous division of Sony Pictures Entertainment they founded with Marcie Bloom in January 1992—which distributes, produces, and acquires independent films from around the world.  Barker and Bernard have released prestigious films that have won 39 Academy Awards® (35 of those at Sony Pictures Classics) and have garnered 175 Academy Award® nominations (149 at Sony Pictures Classics) including Best Picture nominations for CALL ME BY YOUR NAME, WHIPLASH, AMOUR, MIDNIGHT IN PARIS, AN EDUCATION, CAPOTE, HOWARDS END, AND CROUCHING TIGER, HIDDEN DRAGON.  

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Rise Films is an Oscar® and Emmy® winning production company. Its productions include THE INVISIBLE WAR Oscar® nominee and Emmy® winner), THE INTERRUPTERS (Emmy® winner), ICARUS (Oscar® winner), KNUCKLE, DREAMCATCHER, WE ARE TOGETHER, ROUGH AUNTIES, and WHO IS DAYANI CRISTAL? starring Gael García Bernal. Rise has produced films and television programs for broadcasters and partners including BBC, Channel 4, PBS, Showtime and HBO, which have gone on to win multiple awards at the Sundance Film Festival. Other clients and partners include Netflix, Hulu, ITV, Universal, the BFI and Film4. Roman comedy, PLEBS, became ITV2’s highest rating comedy ever. The show is now in its fifth season and has won multiple awards including a Broadcast Award and a Royal Television Society Award, as well as receiving two BAFTA nominations. Rise is currently working on a U.S. remake of PLEBS together with Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg’s Point Grey Pictures, animated comedy series, DEAD HENRY at Fox and a feature documentary for HBO with George Clooney.

Dror Moreh
Moreh began his career as a cinematographer, became one of Israel’s leading directors of photography. His directorial debut, “Sharon”, is a feature-length documentary offering a look at the work of Israel’s controversial former Prime Minister Ariel Sharon and his impact on the Gaza Disengagement Plan. The film was selected for the official Panorama program at the 58th Berlin Film Festival. Moreh achieved international recognition with his second documentary feature, “The Gatekeepers”, which was nominated for the Best Documentary at the 85th Academy Awards. “The Gatekeepers” earned both popular and critical success, the film was selected to numerous festivals around the globe (Telluride, Toronto, New York, Sundance, IDFA, Jerusalem) and won a string of international awards - including “Best Non-Fiction Film” (2012) by the National Society of Film Critics; “Best Documentary” (2012) by the Los Angeles Film Critics Association, Best 5 Documentaries by National Board of Review (2013), The Cinema for Peace Award and more. Moreh also directed “Rose”, a six-part docudrama series about the murder of a young girl, “Under Cover”, a 4-part series about undercover agents in the Israeli Police. Currently, Moreh is working on several feature length documentaries. “Corridors of Power” (8-part series and a feature length documentary) a riveting examination of how American leaders have responded to genocide and mass atrocities in the post-Cold War era. “Dagan” tackles the legacy of Israel’s top spymaster and former head of the Mossad intelligence agency - Meir Dagan. In 2004 Moreh founded a production company DMP, that specializes in international co-productions. Based in Tel Aviv, DMP focuses on regional and international geopolitical subjects that resonate with audiences around the world.

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