Great news! And ICYMI, we’d like to point out that Rebecca is nominated for not one, but four awards at the upcoming Women Film Critics Circle (Dec 19) for her amazing performance in Christine. Pretty impressive, right?
THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER – The Dinner from U.S. director Oren Moverman (The Messenger) and starring Richard Gere, Rebecca Hall, Laura Linney and Steve Coogan, and The Party, the latest star-studded effort from U.K. helmer Sally Potter (Orlando), will have their world premieres in competition at the Berlin International Film Festival next year.
Organizers on Thursday announced the first handful of competition films for the 2017 fest, which is set to run Feb. 9-19.
The Dinner, which The Orchard picked up for North America at Marche du Film in Cannes this year, is the story of two families who, over the course of a single meal, struggle with the most difficult decisions of their lives. Chloe Sevigny and Adepero Oduye co-star in the drama adapted from Herman Koch’s best-seller.
Potter’s dramedy The Party is set during a celebration at a London home that unfolds in real-time onscreen. The veteran U.K. director has lined up an impressive ensemble cast for the feature, including Patricia Clarkson, Cillian Murphy, Kristin Scott Thomas, Bruno Ganz, Timothy Spall, Emily Mortimer and Cherry Jones.
Other Berlin 2017 entries include The Other Side of Hope, from acclaimed Finnish director Aki Kaurismaki (Le Havre), which will have its international premiere in Berlin, and Spoor from Oscar-nominated Polish helmer Agnieszka Holland (In Darkness).
Also in the running for Berlin’s Gold and Silver Bears next year will be On Body and Soul, from Hungarian director Ildiko Enyedi; Ana mon amour from Romanian helmer Calin Pater Netzer, winner of the Berlin Golden Bear in 2013 for Child’s Pose; and Beuys, a documentary on controversial German artist Joseph Beuys by acclaimed nonfiction filmmaker Andres Veiel (Black Box Germany).
Colo, from Portugese filmmaker Teresa Villaverde; Alain Gomis’ Felicite and Una Mujer Fantastica from Chilean filmmaker Sebastián Lelio also made the Berlin competition cut.
In addition to the competition titles, Berlin confirmed four films that will get special, out-of-competition gala screenings at the 2017 fest. These include Fernando Trueba’s period comedy The Queen of Spain, the sequel to 1988’s The Girl of Your Dreams, starring Penelope Cruz and Mandy Patinkin; Raoul Peck’s biopic The Young Karl Marx featuring German star August Diehl as the founder of communism; and Last Days in Havana from director Fernando Perez.
Berlin also will hold a special screening of a newly restored version of Eight Hours Don’t Make a Day, a 1972 German TV series written and directed by Rainer Werner Fassbinder and starring Hanna Schygulla, Gottfried John, Luise Ullrich, Werner Finck and Irm Hermann.
DEADLINE – Rebecca Hall and Chloë Sevigny have joined the cast of Oren Moverman’s The Dinner, alongside the previously announced Richard Gere, Steve Coogan and Laura Linney. The film, based on the worldwide bestselling novel by Herman Koch, will start shooting in New York on January 21. Moverman, whose last film Time Out Of Mind also starred Gere, has adapted the novel and will direct.
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. Exec producers on the project are Leonid Lebedev, Angel Lopez, Olga Segura and Eva Daniels.
The Dinner starts as Paul and Claire Lohman (Coogan, 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. But, 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.
“Herman Koch’s The Dinner is an extraordinarily provocative, conscience-bending ride that takes on culturally relevant issues and turns them into an intricate menu of human passions and primal fears,” said Moverman in a statement. “I am honored to be tackling this international phenomenon as an American film with our family of talented artists and brilliant actors. “
Moverman’s Love & Mercy, which he wrote and produced, was recently nominated for an IFP Gotham award for Best Adapted Screenplay. His first feature The Messenger received Oscar nominations for Moverman’s script (with Alessandro Camon) and Woody Harrelson’s performance. He also co-wrote I’m Not There with Todd Haynes and produced the recently shot Oppenheimer Strategies with Inglee. The latter film also stars Gere with Israeli director Joseph Cedar making his English-language debut.