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Cate Blanchett is set to make her directional debut with The Dinner, an adaptation of Herman Koch’s bestselling novel. First published in 2009, it has been translated into 21 languages including English.

The narrative takes place over a three course meal in a restaurant. Paul Lohman and his wife Claire are going out to dinner with Paul’s brother Serge, a charismatic and ambitious politician, and his wife Babette. Paul is not looking forward to dinner. As the evening wears on it becomes clear that tonight’s dinner will be even more difficult than usual. There is something the two couples have to discuss about their teenage sons.

Their sons have been caught on CCTV footage in a deadly criminal act that has shocked the nation, but only their parents have recognised them so far. Over dinner the parents must decide how to proceed to protect their children.

New York based Israeli screenwriter Oren Moverman, who wrote and directed The Messenger and Rampart, will adapt Koch’s book for the screen.

Cate Blanchett is currently starring in Blue Jasmine and is at work filming Kenneth Branagh’s live action Cinderella.

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