Magazine article Screen International

The Reluctant Fundamentalist to Open Fourth Doha Tribeca Film Festival

Magazine article Screen International

The Reluctant Fundamentalist to Open Fourth Doha Tribeca Film Festival

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DFI backed the project; Nair kicked off inaugural Doha festival with Amelia.

Mira Nair's The Reluctant Fundamentalist, which opened Venice yesterday, will open the fourth Doha Tribeca Film Festival on Nov 17. It will mark the film's Middle East-North Africa premiere.

The film's inclusion in Doha's programme is no surprise as its majority financier was the Doha Film Institute. Last year's DTFF opened with another DFI-backed project, Black Gold.

Nair has been a supporter of the Doha festival since its inception, opening the inuagural event with Amelia, and collaborating with DFI on her Maisha Film Lab.

Adapted from Mohsin Hamid's bestselling novel, the dramatic thriller stars Riz Ahmed as a young Pakistani man who chases success on Wall Street but becomes disillusioned with the American dream. The cast also features Kate Hudson, Kiefer Sutherland, Liev Schreiber, and Om Puri.

Nair said: "We are thrilled with the honour of The Reluctant Fundamentalist opening the Doha Tribeca Film Festival - made all the sweeter after the five-year odyssey it has been making this film. …

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