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IFC Films Takes North American Rights To Mira Nair's "The Reluctant Fundamentalist"

Sep 14, 2012

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Above picture, from left: Riz Ahmed, Mira Nair, Kate Hudson and Kiefer Sutherland at TIFF. Photo courtesy: TIFF.

TORONTO, CANADA (September 13, 2012)IFC Films announced from the 2012 Toronto International Film Festival that the company is acquiring all North American rights to director Mira Nair’s “The Reluctant Fundamentalist” starring Liev Schreiber, Kate Hudson, Kiefer Sutherland, and Riz Ahmed in the title role.

Based on the best-selling novel of the same title by Mohsin Hamid, translated into 25 languages, “The Reluctant Fundamentalist”, tells the story of a young Pakistani man (Riz Ahmed) whose pursuit of corporate success on Wall Street leads him on a strange path back to the world he had left behind. Toronto festival programmers wrote: “a boldly dramatic adaptation of a remarkable, timely novel, Mira Nair’s The Reluctant Fundamentalist promises to be one of the most talked about films of the year. Mixing romance and tragedy with the classic arc of ambition thwarted, Nair brings Mohsin Hamid’s award-winning 2007 book to the screen with both passion and insight. She also delivers a cracking thriller.”

“The Reluctant Fundamentalist” made its world premiere as Opening Night of the Venice Film Festival before its North American premiere in Toronto. Adapted by Bill Wheeler, with the Screen Story by Mohsin Hamid, and Ami Boghani and produced by Lydia Dean Pilcher, “The Reluctant Fundamentalist”, the latest Doha Film Institute financed film, is a Mirabai Films and Cine Mosaic production.

The rich visual style is supported by the cinematography of Declan Quinn, production designer Michael Carlin, Costume Designer Arjun Bhasin and Editor Shimit Amin. The music includes the eclectic world of Pakistani funk, a fusion score by iconoclastic Michael Andrews and a stunning new original song composed by Peter Gabriel.

Jonathan Sehring, President of Sundance Selects/IFC Films, said: “The Reluctant Fundamentalist is the rare intelligent thriller that grapples with the issues of our times while remaining incredibly entertaining. It features a terrific cast including Liev Schrieber, Kate Hudson and Kiefer Sutherland and a star-making performance by Riz Ahmed. It is particularly thrilling to be reunited with the wonderful Mira Nair.”

Paul Miller, Head of Film Financing at DFI said, “We are proud to have supported Mira’s latest work that has been so warmly received by audiences in Venice and Toronto. The film’s unique mix of commercial thriller and cross cultural themes of identity and understanding will help it connect with global audiences and are pleased to have found its North American home with IFC.”

The deal for the film was negotiated by Arianna Bocco, Senior Vice President of Acquisitions & Productions for Sundance Selects/IFC Films and Hal Sadoff for DFI and Bart Walker of Cinetic on behalf of the filmmakers. It reunites IFC films with Nair whose hit film Monsoon Wedding was financed by the company.

Nair was born in Bhubaneswar, Orissa, India. Her feature films include “Salaam Bombay!” (88), which won the Golden Camera and the Audience Award at Cannes. Her recent feature films include “Monsoon Wedding” (01), “Vanity Fair” (04), “The Namesake” (06) and “The Reluctant Fundamentalist” (12).

IFC Films is a sister label to IFC Midnight and Sundance Selects, and is owned and operated by AMC Networks Inc.

Established in 2000 and based in New York City, IFC Films is a leading U.S. distributor of quality talent-driven independent film. Its unique distribution model makes independent films available to a national audience by releasing them in theaters as well as on cable’s Video On Demand (VOD) platform, reaching nearly 50 million homes. Some of the company’s successes over the years have included “My Big Fat Greek Wedding”, “Y Tu Mama Tambien”, “Touching the Void”, “4 Months”, “3 Weeks and 2 Days”, “Gomorrah”, “Che”, “Summer Hours”, “Antichrist”, “In the Loop”, “Antichrist”, “Wordplay”, “Cairo Time”, “Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work”, “Tiny Furniture” and “Carlos”. Over the years, IFC Films has worked with established and breakout auteurs, including Steven Soderbergh, Gus Van Sant, Spike Lee, Richard Linklater, Miranda July, Lars Von Trier, Gaspar Noe, Todd Solondz, Cristian Mungiu, Susanne Bier, Olivier Assayas, Jim McKay, Larry Fessenden, Gregg Araki, Jacques Rivette, Claude Chabrol, as well as more recent breakouts such as Andrea Arnold, Mia Hansen Love, Corneliu Porombiou, Joe Swanberg, Barry Jenkins, Lena Dunham, Aaron Katz, Daryl Wein and Abdellatif Kechiche. Recent releases include “Peace, Love, and Misunderstanding” starring Jane Fonda and Catherine Keener; and “Your Sister’s Sister” starring Emily Blunt and Mark Duplass. Upcoming releases include Walter Salles’ Cannes competition film “On The Road” starring Kristen Stewart, Sam Riley and Garrett Hedlund (which will be released jointly with Sundance Selects) and Josh Radnor’s “Liberal Arts” starring Elizabeth Olsen and Radnor. IFC Films is a sister label to Sundance Selects and IFC Midnight, and is owned and operated by AMC Networks Inc