The Doha Film Institute-financed adaptation of The Reluctant Fundamentalist, directed by Mira Nair, has been selected to open the Venice film festival next month.
The film, which tells the story of a Pakistani man chasing success on Wall Street who becomes caught up in a symbolic conflict between his homeland and the American dream, is based on the bestselling novel by Mohsin Hamid, and stars Riz Ahmed in the lead, along with Kate Hudson, Kiefer Sutherland and Liev Schreiber.
"The festival's opening night will feature a film that provides much food for thought," said the festival's new artistic director Alberto Barbera. "Mira Nair has made an exemplary film adaptation of a novel that deals with the topical issue of fundamentalism of any kind or nature."
The Reluctant Fundamentalist, which is also expected to go to the Toronto film festival, was shot in Atlanta, Istanbul, Lahore, New Delhi and New York, and features original music by Peter Gabriel. It will be the fifth time Nair has shown in Venice, having won the Golden Lion prize in 2001 for Monsoon Wedding. The festival runs from August 29 to September 8.
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