Writer/director Oren Moverman, who penned the screenplay for the acclaimed “Love & Mercy” and helmed Gere to rave reviews in “Time Out of Mind,” isn’t spending the first few months of 2016 recuperating from his busy year: his next turn behind the camera, “The Dinner,” starts shooting in New York on January 21.
Richard Gere, Steve Coogan, Laura Linney, Rebecca Hall and Chloë Sevigny have signed on to star in the film, which Moverman—nominated for an Oscar for Best Original Screenplay for 2010’s “The Messenger”—adapted from Herman Koch’s bestselling novel. (Read a synopsis of the film below.)
Cotty Chubb, Lawrence Inglee, Eddie Vaisman and Julia
Lebedev are the producers of the film, which is a Code Red, ChubbCo and
Blackbird production. Code Red is fully financing and Protagonist Pictures is
handling international sales. Executive producers are Leonid Lebedev, Angel
Lopez, Olga Segura and Eva Daniels.
Palestinian hip-hop love story “Junction 48,” co-written by Moverman and Tamer Nafar and directed by Udi Aloni, is currently in post-production.
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“The Dinner” starts as Paul and Claire Lohman ((Coogan and Linney) get ready for a dinner with Paul’s politician brother, Stan (Gere) and his wife, Barbara (Hall). Tensions already exist between the two brothers—Stan is a smooth-talking celebrity who is the favorite to win the governor’s race, while Paul has a chip on his shoulder and is currently not working. As the evening in a chic restaurant progresses, dark secrets emerge about their respective children. A monstrous crime has been committed by the Lohman kids and the two couples are divided about how to handle the situation.