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***Film Announced*** THE RELUCTANT FUNDAMENTALIST
A directorial tour de force, Mira Nair's RELUCTANT FUNDAMENTALIST is an explosive human drama examining the subtleties and consequences of taking a moral stand when the personal collides with the political. With her stellar cast (Liev Schreiber, Kate Hudson, Martin Donovan, Kiefer Sutherland and a stand-out performance from lead actor Riz Ahmed), Nair leads us on a path from pre-9/11 Wall Street to the incendiary alleyways of Lahore. This unforgettable film, alive with an artistic sensuality, avoids black & white political polemic in favor of a richer palette that embraces delicate shades of gray.
With Salaam Bombay!, her startlingly poignant 1988 feature debut, Mira Nair immediately announced herself as a world-class Filmmaker whose deeply humanistic vision of life and cinema would give rise to some of the most emotionally gripping and visually inventive films of the past two decades. From the colorful culture-clashing of Mississippi Masala and the sensual delights of Kama Sutra: A Tale of Love to the voluptuous Victorian critique of Vanity Fair and the globe-hopping adventures of Amelia, Nair has ranged among disparate epochs, stories and characters with remarkable aplomb, and always with palpable empathy for the dispossessed. Perhaps most celebrated for 2001’s brilliantly conceived, multiple award–winning Monsoon Wedding, for which she returned to her native India, Nair once again works on a large canvas with this year’s The Reluctant Fundamentalist, in which a young Pakistani chases success on Wall Street while feeling the pull of his homeland. Despite her new Film’s title, Nair herself has never been reluctant to delve into tricky terrain, much to the benefit of appreciative audiences worldwide.
Film Note Writer: Rod Armstrong