NYFF Honoree Cate Blanchett Set for Directorial Debut

Posted by Brian Brooks on 9.19.2013

Cate Blanchett has been a mainstay in front of the camera for two decades, but now she is about to assume the directorial role on an adaptation of Dutch writer Herman Koch's novel, The Dinner.

The psychological thriller explores how far some parents might go to protect their children, according to Deadline, which reported the story. The New York Times describes the novel as taking place with the confines of one fraught restaurant meal, "where malice, cruelty, craziness and a deeply European malaise are very much on the menu. The four diners can leave the table occasionally, headed to the restrooms or the garden or the handy room of flashback memories. But mostly they sit and seethe at one another as a miserable night unfolds."

Oren Moverman, who wrote the script for Todd Haynes' I'm Not There, which starred Blanchett, will adapt The Dinner for the screen.

Blanchett, who has won raves for her role in Blue Jasmine, will be feted this year with a Gala Tribute at the 51st New York Film Festival October 2. She has received early Oscar chatter for her role in the film, directed by Woody Allen about a once rich housewife who is forced to move in with her estranged sister and adapt to a meager lifestyle.

Blanchett won an Oscar for Best Supporting Actress for The Aviator and received nominations for Elizabeth, Notes On a Scandal and I'm Not There.

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