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May 04, 2013 - The New York Times - Biographical Materials

9 P.M. (Showtime) SALMON FISHING IN THE YEMEN (2012) The director Lasse Hallstrom transforms Paul Torday's absurdist political satire -- the tale of a visionary sheik (Amr Waked, above left, with Ewan McGregor) with unlimited financial resources intent on creating a recreational paradise for fishermen in a Middle Eastern desert -- into a whimsical romantic comedy. Mr. Hallstrom ''is a shrewd commercial alchemist with a soft heart,'' Stephen Holden wrote in The New York Times, and the result ''is...