The Reluctant Fundamentalist is an upcoming political thriller based on the novel by Mohsin Hamid. It revolves around a Pakistani man who works for Wall Street and is on the road to chasing his dream to the top. He then finds himself in conflict between his dream, the call of his homeland and a hostage crisis. The Reluctant Fundamentalist stars Kate Hudson, Liev Schreiber, Riz Ahmed and Kiefer Sutherland. This new movie premiered in the 69th Venice International Film Festival and is directed by Mira Nair. Check out the latest news below:
“Stepping Back and Looking At The Whole Story with The Reluctant Fundamentalist
Given the vast diversity of countries and cultures that fall under its rubric, the Pan-Asia Film Festival has far wider scope than, say, the London Korean Film Festival or the Japan Foundation’s Touring Programme, both to explore and to expand notions of Eastern identity.
This year’s festival – the fifth – certainly boasts its fair share of localised genre variants, like Kitano Takeshi’s violent yakuza sequel Outrage Beyond, Shimizu Takashi’s 3D J-horrorTormented and Pen-ek Ratanaruang’s Buddhist spin on the revenge drama Headshot, all efficiently if predictably conforming to the ‘Asia extreme’ model (popularised by the erstwhile Tartan Video) that has so shaped Western views of contemporary Eastern cinema. But there is also another kind of extreme on offer here, films that show different Asian identities pushed right up against or even beyond their normal boundaries.
The border is a key location in Poor Folk (Qiongren, liulian, mayao, toudu ke), written, directed, shot, produced and co-edited by Midi Z. The film opens with a drug pick-up on the Thai side of the Burmese border. Fresh Burmese refugee A-hong (Wang Shin-hong, also star of Z’s 2011 debut Return to Burma (Gui Lai de Ren)) may be learning the tricks of semi-legitimate scams and petty crime from the more established A-fu (Zhao De-fu) in Bangkok, but the bumbling pair’s need to make some quick money from dodgy pharmaceuticals draws them back to the small northern Thai border town of Dagudi. Meanwhile Sun-mei (Wu Ke-xi), a Burmese prostitute who has been trying for years to get Taiwanese papers, is sent to Dagudi to traffic A-hong’s young sister for the Bangkok brothel.
Named for an epistolary novel by Leo Tolstoy, the film wryly traces a demi-monde of impoverished ethnic Chinese expats from Burma who, despite their high ambitions for a better, more affluent life abroad, can never get far from the frontier of their ‘bumpkin’ homeland, nor break free of the cycle of exploitation in which they have all become more or less willing spokes. Sun-mei’s recurrent pursuit of ID papers, and of the new identity that comes with them, seems doomed to failure – and even her ultimate dream of going to Beijing is punctured by the news that the celebrity Gong Li has herself long since emigrated from there. In a world where everyone is on the move, this community is still going nowhere. “I came back,” concludes a weathered Burmese waitress. “It’s better to work in the fields of Dagudi.”
The rest of the article can be read at BFI.org
The Reluctant Fundamentalist is scheduled to be released on April 26th 2013.
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