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Oren Moverman (Hebrew: אורן מוברמן‎) is an Israeli-American Academy Award-nominated writer, film director, and Emmy Award-nominated producer based in New York City. He is a co-founder of Sight Unseen Pictures, alongside Julia Lebedev and Eddie Vaisman, an independent production and financing company with offices in LA and NY. Moverman most recently wrote and directed The Dinner starring Richard Gere, Laura Linney, Steve Coogan, Chloe Sevigny and Rebecca Hall. The Orchard-released film was an official selection at the Berlin Film Festival.

Oren Moverman
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Moverman in 2019
Born (1966-07-04) July 4, 1966 (age 53)
OccupationScreenwriter, director, producer
Known forThe Messenger, I'm Not There, Love & Mercy, Time Out of Mind


Moverman was born in Israel. He has written screenplays for films such as Married Life, I'm Not There, and Love & Mercy.[1]

The Messenger, Moverman's first film as a director, co-written with Alessandro Camon and starring Ben Foster, Woody Harrelson and Samantha Morton, premiered at the 2009 Sundance Film Festival and won the Silver Bear for Best Screenplay award and the Peace Film award at the 59th Berlin International Film Festival in 2009. The film was also awarded the Grand Jury Prize, the Revelation Prize and the International Critics' Prize from the Deauville Film Festival. Moverman received the Spotlight Award for Directorial Debut from the National Board of Review, and the film also received nominations for Best Screenplay and Best First Feature from the Independent Spirit Awards. The film was nominated for two Academy Awards - Moverman and Camon were nominated for Best Screenplay, and Woody Harrelson was nominated for Best Supporting Actor.[2]

Moverman collaborated with Harrelson again in his 2011 second directorial film Rampart, which was co-written with James Ellroy. In addition to Harrelson, the film starred Sigourney Weaver, Robin Wright, and Brie Larson. Following, Moverman directed the IFC release, Time Out of Mind, starring Richard Gere, Ben Vereen, Steve Buscemi and Jena Malone, which won The International Critics Award at the Toronto Film Festival.[3]

As a writer, Moverman co-wrote Udi Aloni’s Junction 48 (The Orchard), winner of the Panorama Audience Award at the 2016 Berlin Film Festival and the 2016 Tribeca Film Festival International Award; Bill Pohlad’s Brian Wilson biopic Love & Mercy (Roadside Attractions); Ira Sachs' Married Life (Sony Pictures Classics); Todd HaynesBob Dylan biopic I'm Not There (Weinstein Company), which earned an Oscar nomination for Cate Blanchett and won the 2007 Venice Film Festival Special Jury Prize;Bertha Bay-Sa Pan’s 2002 Sundance Competition film Face (Indican), and Alison Maclean’s Jesus' Son (Lionsgate/Alliance), which won the Little Golden Lion Award and the Ecumenical Award at the Venice Film Festival.

Moverman produced Joseph Cedar’s Norman (Sony Pictures Classics); Ido Fluk’s The Ticket (Shout! Factory); Kent Jones’ narrative feature debut, Diane (IFC), which was executive produced by Martin Scorsese, landing three awards at the 2018 Tribeca Film Festival, including best narrative feature, and Oscar-winning director Guy Nattiv's, Skin, which won the International Critics' Prize at the 2018 Toronto Film Festival and sold to A24. He also served as Executive Producer on Junction 48, Love & Mercy, and Anja Marquardt’s directorial debut, She's Lost Control (Monument), which was nominated for two Independent Spirit Awards and won the International Confederation of Art Cinemas Award at the 2014 Berlin International Film Festival.

At the 2018 Sundance Film Festival, Moverman had three films in competition as a producer and one Premiere Section film he wrote. He produced Paul Dano’s directorial debut, Wildlife (IFC), based on the Richard Ford story, starring Jake Gyllenhaal and Carey Mulligan. The film was nominated for three Independent Spirit Awards. Moverman also produced Jennifer Fox's The Tale (HBO), starring Laura Dern, Common and Ellen Burstyn. The Tale earned two Emmy nominations, including Best TV Movie and a leading actress nod for Dern, as well as three Independent Spirit Awards nominations. Moverman also executive produced the Sight Unseen film from breakout director Reinaldo Marcus Green, Monsters and Men (Neon), which won a Sundance Jury Award for first film and was nominated for one Independent Spirit Award. He wrote Puzzle (Sony Pictures Classics), directed by Marc Turtletaub and starring Kelly Macdonald and Irrfan Khan, which won the Audience Award at the 2018 Deauville Film Festival.

Moverman produced Cory Finley’s second feature, Bad Education, starring Hugh Jackman and Allison Janney, which sold to HBO at the 2019 Toronto Film Festival, and Executive Produced Justin Simien's follow up to Dear White People, Bad Hair. Both films are Sight Unseen productions.

Moverman also wrote and produced Marc Meyers' Human Capital, an adaptation of Stephen Amidon’s 2005 novel, starring Liev Schreiber, Maya Hawke, Peter Sarsgaard, and Marisa Tomei, to be distributed in 2020 by Vertical Entertainment.


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  1. ^ Kramer, Gary (February 7, 2012). "Interview: Oren Moverman". Slant Magazine.
  2. ^ Knegt, Peter (July 13, 2009). "Oscilloscope Has "The Messenger"". IndieWire.
  3. ^ Buckwalter, Ian (November 24, 2011). "Movie Review - 'Rampart' - A Dissolute Centurion, On His Last Legs". NPR.
  4. ^ Junction 48

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