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by Ivano De Matteo


Two couples, in which the two men are brothers, meet at a fashionable restaurant for dinner. Between mouthfuls of food and over the polite scrapings of cutlery, the conversation remains a gentle hum of polite discourse. But behind the empty words, terrible things need to be said, and with every forced smile and every new course, the knives are being sharpened. Each couple has a child: the two teenagers are united by their accountability for a single horrific act; an act that has triggered a police investigation and shattered the comfortable, insulated worlds of their families. As the dinner reaches its culinary climax, the conversation finally touches on their children. As civility and friendship disintegrate, each couple show just how far they are prepared to go to protect those they love.

international title: The Dinner
original title: I nostri ragazzi
country: Italy
sales agent: Rai Com
year: 2014
genre: fiction
directed by: Ivano De Matteo
film run: 92'
release date: IT 04/09/2014, FR 26/11/2014
screenplay: Valentina Ferlan, Ivano De Matteo
cast: Alessandro Gassmann, Giovanna Mezzogiorno, Luigi Lo Cascio, Barbora Bobulova, Rosabel Laurenti Sellers, Jacopo Olmo Antinori, Lidia Vitale, Antonio Salines
cinematography by: Vittorio Omodei Zorini
film editing: Consuelo Catucci
art director: Francesco Frigeri
costumes designer: Valentina Taviani
music: Francesco Cerasi
producer: Marco Poccioni, Marco Valsania
production: Rodeo Drive, Rai Cinema
backing: Ministero dei Beni e delle Attività Culturali e del Turismo - Direzione Generale per il Cinema
distributor: 01 Distribution, Bellissima Films


main awards/selection

Venice Film Festival 2014 Venice Days
Festival du Film d'Amour de Mons 2015International Competition
Brussels Mediterranean Film Festival 2015 

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