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Cate Blanchett to step behind camera for “The Dinner” bestseller adaptation

Cate Blanchett to step behind camera for “The Dinner” bestseller adaptation

PanARMENIAN.Net - Cate Blanchett will step behind the camera for her directorial debut with the film adaptation of Herman Koch’s novel The Dinner, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed.

The Blue Jasmine actress is attached to helm the dark thriller, which is being produced by Cotty Chubb through his ChubbCo shingle. Executive producers are Eva Maria Daniels and Olga Segura.

Koch's novel is a dark tale about two families who are struggling to make a tough decision regarding their teenage sons -- with the whole story unfolding over one dinner. The book became a best-seller in Europe after being published in Holland in 2009.

Oren Moverman (Rampart, The Messenger) is adapting the script.

Blanchett has received critical acclaim and awards buzz for her latest work as a troubled New York socialite in the Woody Allen-directed film Blue Jasmine.

“North American readers care inordinately that fictional characters be likable. This preference is strange, given that few real people are thoroughly nice and that those few aren’t interesting. Surely what actually matters is that characters clear this vital hurdle: that they be interesting.

“The Dinner,” the newly translated novel by the Dutch writer Herman Koch, has been a European sensation and an international best seller. But of course in the Netherlands, the vituperative Austrian Thomas Bernhard remains popular, whereas in the United States he is the acquired taste of a cultish few. The success of “The Dinner” depends, in part, on the carefully calibrated revelations of its unreliable and increasingly unsettling narrator, Paul Lohman. Whatever else he may be, likable he is not. There is a bracing nastiness to this book that grows ever more intense with the turning of its pages. It will not please those who seek the cozy, the redemptive or the uplifting. If you are such a reader, you may stop right here,” Claire Messud said in a review published at The New York Times.

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