Doha Tribeca Film Festival Will Open with The Reluctant Fundamentalist
It created a huge buzz at the 69 Venice Film Festival, and
now Mira Nair’s The Reluctant
Fundamentalist, a Doha Film Institute (DFI) financed film, will mark
its MENA premiere, to kick off the fourth edition of the Doha Tribeca Film
Festival (DTFF) in November.
Based on the best-selling novel of the same title, translated into 25
languages, The Reluctant Fundamentalist is
a riveting international political thriller that follows the story of a young
Pakistani man, chasing corporate success on Wall Street, who ultimately finds
himself embroiled in a conflict between his American dream, a hostage crisis,
and the enduring call of his family's homeland.
The Reluctant Fundamentalist's cast included Riz Ahmed (Four Lions, Black Gold); Academy Award
Kate Hudson (Almost Famous, Nine); Golden Globe winner Kiefer Sutherland
(24); Liev Schreiber (Salt,
Wolverine); National Film Awards India winner Shabana Azmi (Godmother,
Fire); and BAFTA Award nominee Om Puri (East is East, Arohan), among
The Reluctant Fundamentalist had its world
premiere at the ongoing 69 Venice International Film Festival. Adapted by Bill Wheeler, with the Screen Story
by Mohsin Hamid, and Ami Boghani and produced by Lydia Dean Pilcher, The Reluctant Fundamentalist, the latest
Doha Film Institute’s international financed film, is a Mirabai Films and Cine
Mira Nair said: “We are thrilled with the honour of The Reluctant Fundamentalist opening the
Doha Tribeca Film Festival - made all the sweeter after the 5-year odyssey it
has been making this film. A lovely send-off for a tale that couldn't be more
timely for the world we live in today. It is rare to be able to make a
global film that is both political and personal. DFI provided instrumental
support from the beginning, their unstirring faith in this timely story made it
happen against all odds.”
His Excellency Issa
Bin Mohammed Al-Mohannadi, DTFF Vice Chair, said: “As a Festival committed to
promoting cultural understanding and appreciation through cinema, we are excited
to open with Mira’s latest creative work that will connect with our audiences, is
topically relevant and complements our mandate to support meaningful cinema.
“Films are a
medium to bring together diverse views to promote the spirit of dialogue and discussion.
DTFF provides a platform to support the development of a grassroots film
culture in Qatar and will contribute to shaping a vibrant film industry in the
INFO: The Doha Tribeca Film Festival (DTFF) is scheduled to be held from
17 November to 24 November, 2012, www.dohafilminstitute.com/filmfestival.