The film had its world premiere at last month’s Sundance Film Festival and will have its international debut at this year’s Berlin International Film Festival


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NEW YORK (February 9, 2024) – Sony Pictures Classics announced today that they have acquired all rights worldwide to BETWEEN THE TEMPLES, directed by Nathan Silver and written by Silver and C. Mason Wells. Starring SAG Award® nominee Jason Schwartzman and Academy Award® nominee Carol Kane, the film received rave reviews following its world premiere at last month’s Sundance Film Festival and will have its international debut at the upcoming Berlin International Film Festival in the Panorama section.

Dolly de Leon (TRIANGLE OF SADNESS), Caroline Aaron (THE MARVELOUS MRS. MAISEL), 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.

In BETWEEN THE TEMPLES, Ben (Schwartzman) is a forty-something cantor losing his voice and possibly his faith. Struggling to meet the expectations of his rabbi, congregation, and not one but two Jewish mothers (Aaron and de Leon), Ben finds his world turned upside down when his grade school music teacher re-enters his life as an adult bat mitzvah student. This warm and anxious comedy from prolific writer/director Nathan Silver explores the complexities of belief, connection, and what it means to be a real mensch.

"We are so thrilled to be partnering with Sony Pictures Classics on the release," said Tim Headington. "They really understood Nathan's unique vision and the spark he captured onscreen between Jason and Carol." Added Silver, "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 said, “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.”

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.


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 41 Academy Awards® (37 of those at Sony Pictures Classics) and have garnered 187 Academy Award® nominations (161 at Sony Pictures Classics) including Best Picture nominations for THE FATHER, CALL ME BY YOUR NAME, WHIPLASH, AMOUR, MIDNIGHT IN PARIS, AN EDUCATION, CAPOTE, HOWARDS END, and CROUCHING TIGER, HIDDEN DRAGON.


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