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    TIFF 2012 | Mira Nair On 'The Reluctant Fundamentalist' and Her Memories of 9/11 at TIFF 2001

    The Toronto International Film Festival has been a launching pad for many of acclaimed director Mira Nair's films. Her debut feature "Salaam Bombay" debuted at the 1988 TIFF, and more recently, the festival screened her Jhumpa Lahiri adaptation "The Namesake."

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    Toronto 2012: IFC Films Buys Mira Nair's “The Reluctant Fundamentalist," Starring Kate Hudson and Kiefer Sutherland

    In its second buy of the Toronto film festival, IFC Films has acquired all North American rights to “The Reluctant Fundamentalist,” from director Mira Nair. Earlier in the week, IFC grabbed U.S. rights to the Neil Jordan-directed vampire flick “Byzantium” for a little north o...

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    TIFF Capsule Review: 'The Reluctant Fundamentalist'

    Adapting Moshin Hamid’s novel was always going to prove tricky given that the “action” takes place over the course of one evening in a café in Lahore. The book follows a conversation between a Pakistani university professor who post-9/11 has turned his back on a successful Manhattan-based finance career and an ambiguous American stranger. “Monsoon Wedding” director Mira Nair uses the book’s hint that this mystery American is a C.I.A. agent as her main plot device, turning the observational novel into a full-blown thriller. Riz Ahmed delivers a breakthrough performance as Changez Khan. In flashback...

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    The Toronto Experience - Part One

    Greetings from the Toronto Film Festival. I touched down on Thursday afternoon and since that moment this has been a serious whirlwind. Since it is my second year I understand is the key is pace and endurance. You have to sprint through the first weekend when everyone in the industry is in town f...

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    TIFF Preview: The Female Directing Masters Playing at the 2012 Toronto Film Festival

    The Toronto Film Festival opens tonight.  Over the next 10 days there will be a couple of hundred movies to be seen.  This is one festival where you can make a decision to see films by women and see plenty of films.  There are some extraordinarily high profile female directors open...

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    Women Directors Abound at the Venice Film Festival

    The news on the prevalence of women directors coming out out of the Venice Film Festival is in stark contrast to the different conversation that came out of Cannes just several months ago. Festival director Alberto Barbera claims that they just programed the movies and then afterwards realized that...

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    Venice Review: ‘The Reluctant Fundamentalist’ - Muscularly Charismatic, But Exasperating

    Before its unveiling, some found “The Reluctant Fundamentalist” a peculiar choice as Venice opener by new artistic director Alberto Barbera, even taking into account Mira Nair’s history here (the Indian-born, New York-based filmmaker won the Golden Lion with “Monsoon Wedding” in 2001)...

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    Venice Review: Mira Nair's 'The Reluctant Fundamentalist' A Heavy-Handed Look At A Post 9/11 World

    Opening films at festivals are always worth approaching with a little caution. Normally given out-of-competition slots, it’s often a signal that the films have been selected to bring some starry names, and the attention that goes with them to the red carpet, or to make some kind of mission statement...

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    Venice Days' Spotlight on Female Filmmakers: 'Womens Tales' in Conversation with Nair, Bier & Cavani

    The Venice International Film Festival's Venice Days kicks off its ninth edition with "Women's Tales," featuring four short films by young female directors: Zoe Cassavetes, Lucrecia Martel, Giada Colagrande and Massy Tadjedin.

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    4 Women Directors in Competition at 2012 Venice International Film Festival

    Contrary to the folks at Cannes who seem to not be able to find any women directed movies for their competition, Alberto Barbara has gotten 4 films with women directors (or co-directors) in the competition.

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