THE RELUCTANT FUNDAMENTALIST
2012, IFC Films, 128 min, USA, Dir: Mira Nair

Based on the best-seller by Mohsin Hamid, this thriller from director Mira Nair (MONSOON WEDDING) explores the polarizing effects of both globalization and the war on terror. When Pakistani professor Changez (Riz Ahmed) sits down with an American (Liev Schreiber) in a Lahore teahouse to talk about the teacher’s pre-9/11 past as a Wall Street wunderkind, the life of a hostage hangs in the balance. Shot on three continents with an international cast including Kate Hudson, Kiefer Sutherland and Om Puri, THE RELUCTANT FUNDAMENTALIST forces viewers to confront their own biases along with the characters’ ever-shifting agendas.


DARK CITY
1998, Warner Bros., 100 min, USA, Dir: Alex Proyas

Alien "Strangers" whose world is dying collect a group of humans for study in order to find out what makes the heart and mind tick; in solving the mysteries of the human soul, they hope to save themselves. Every night at midnight they erase their subjects' memories and plant new ones - but one man, Murdoch (Rufus Sewell), proves resistant to the experiments and goes on the run, pursued by detective Bumstead (William Hurt) as he falls in love with torch singer Emma (Jennifer Connelly). Working from a script he wrote with Lem Dobbs and David Goyer, director Alex Proyas uses this sci-fi concept to explore the most profound philosophical issues relating to memory, experience and what it means to be human.


TWIN PEAKS: FIRE WALK WITH ME
1992, Warner Bros., 135 min, USA, Dir: David Lynch

In this prequel to the acclaimed television series TWIN PEAKS, David Lynch investigates the final days of the ill-fated Laura Palmer. In typical Lynchian fashion, mysteries beget more mysteries, and the dark side of the human condition coexists with moments of profound romanticism and visual poetry. An all-star cast includes Lynch regulars Kyle MacLachlan, Ray Wise and Harry Dean Stanton as well as Kiefer Sutherland, Heather Graham and Moira Kelly.


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