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THE RELUCTANT FUNDAMENTALIST
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Completed - ENGLISH, Other - Thriller - 120 minutes

Log Line

Based on the best-selling novel by Mohsin Hamid, The Reluctant Fundamentalist is a riveting thriller about the story of Changez, a young Pakistani man chasing corporate success on Wall Street in the era of globalisation.

Previous markets

  • Cannes 2012 (Debut)
  • Toronto 2012 (Premiere)
  • AFM 2012 (Screening)
  • Berlin EFM 2013 (Screening)
Full history

Year of production : 2012

Director(s) : Mira NAIR
Writer(s) : Ami BOGHANI, Moshin HAMID, William WHEELER
Cast : Riz AHMED, Kate HUDSON, Liev SCHREIBER, Kiefer SUTHERLAND

Producer(s) : Lydia DEAN PILCHER

Synopsis

Student demonstrations are raging in Lahore, as young Pakistani professor Changez Khan and a journalist, Bobby Lincoln, share a cup of tea and conversation. Princeton-educated Changez tells Lincoln of his past as a brilliant business analyst on Wall Street. He talks of the glittering future that lay before him and the beautiful and sophisticated Erica whom he was set to share that future with. But then 9/11 changes everything. Attitudes shift dramatically - his very name and face rendering him suspect. Returning to his homeland and the family to whom he is very close, he takes up a post as lecturer at the local university, a hotbed of radicalism and the new militant academia. The collegial pretense of the meeting in a Lahore teahouse, between Lincoln and Changez, slowly gives way to why the unlikely pair has gathered on a summer day --- another professor has been kidnapped by extremists, and the clock is ticking toward a deadline for his execution. Changez's family is being harassed and is in real danger. Bobby is there to listen, with an agenda of his own. As it is revealed that Lincoln is in the lions' den with the CIA, we also learn that he has a personal stake in the immediate crisis at hand. Taking us through the culturally rich and beguiling worlds of New York, Lahore and Istanbul The Reluctant Fundamentalist is an exploration of prejudice and the phenomenon of globalization that is both exhilirating and deeply unsettling.

Production

Country(ies) : USA, INDIA, TURKEY, PAKISTAN

Start of shooting : September 2011

AUSTRALIA RIALTO DISTRIBU
CANADA MONGREL MEDIA I
GERMANY WILD BUNCH GERM
GREECE HOLLYWOOD ENTER
HONG KONG EDKO FILMS LTD
INDIA May 17, 2013 PVR PICTURES
INDIA PVR PICTURES
JAPAN CULTURE ENTERTA
NEW ZEALAN VENDETTA FILMS
SPAIN BETTA PICTURES
SWEDEN May 03, 2013 SVENSK FILMINDU
UNITED KIN BBC PROGRAMME A
UNITED KIN MARA PICTURES
USA IFC FILMS
USA CENTRAL PARK FI


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Festivals and Awards

Venice - Biennale 2012 Out of Competition
Toronto - TIFF 2012 Gala
Int'l Film Fest. Of india, Goa 2012 (Centenary Award)
San Sebastian 2013 Film Library


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