Director Mira Nair arrives for the opening ceremony of the 69th Venice film festival.
The 69th Venice Film Festival opened on Wednesday (August 29) with Indian director Mira Nair's political thriller that explores life changes of a young Pakistani man rising through the ranks on Wall Street after the 9/11 attack.
The Reluctant Fundamentalist
was chosen to "highlight the growing role of female creativity in all spheres of culture and contemporary society", Alberto Barbera, the director of this year's festival, was quoted as saying by Xinhua.
Female influence is an important theme of the festival, during which people will see multiple activities to promote awareness on female contribution to world cinema.
At a press conference before the opening of the event, Nair said: "I made the movie to promote dialogue between West and East, and I hope it will help to break the wall between different cultures, races and religions."
US actress Kate Hudson, British-Pakistani actor Riz Ahmed, Indian film director Mira Nair and US actor Liev Schreiber pose during the photocall of The reluctant fundamentalist at the 69th Venice film festival on August 29, 2012.
"For myself, I felt equal intimacy to both cultures," said the Indian director who has lived in New York for many years.
The movie, adapted from a book with the same tile, would "provide much food for thought", said Barbera.
The Lido island, where the event is staged, is now abuzz with well-known directors, actors and actress.
However, big names like George Clooney, Angelina Jolie and Johnny Depp did not appear at the red carpet show in the evening as in past years.
This year's festival will feature 18 movies in the competition rounds, with dozens more appearing in out-of-competition and Horizon sessions.