Film Movement acquires The Dinner
by Camillo de Marco
- Based on the best-selling novel, the taut ensemble drama directed by Ivano de Matteo won Best European Film at Venice Days
Film Movement, the New York-based film distribution company that brings first-run, award-winning independent and foreign films to theatrical, On Demand and home video platforms in the U.S., announced today the acquisition of The Dinner [+see also:
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Film Movement acquired all North American rights to the film at Rome Film Festival's Business Street market this week. The deal was finalized by Film Movement's Co-President Michael Rosenberg with Bruce Rabinowitz at RAI COM. Hailed in early reviews as "impressive...the way in which the film keeps suggesting new gray areas and adds shading through dialogue exchanges is remarkable and sustained throughout" (The Hollywood Reporter), The Dinner will have a 2015 theatrical release.
"Ivano de Matteo has made a tremendous adaptation of the controversial best-selling book. He has created, together with his wonderful cast, a tense look at the relationships among parents and children, and the morality of contemporary middle-class society. This film will spark conversations between film-goers, and we look forward to bringing it to North American audiences, including the many fans of Herman Koch's book," said Michael Rosenberg, Co-President of Film Movement.
Film Movement's recent acquisitions include Marie's Story [+see also:
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Q&A: Dietrich Brüggemann
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interview: Paolo Virzì
film profile], Italy's official entry to the Academy Awards, which premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival and garnered a Best Actress win for Valeria Bruni Tedeschi.