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The Reluctant Fundamentalist opens Venice Film Festival

  • The Venice Film Festival opened on Wednesday with The Reluctant Fundamentalist, based on a novel of the same name which follows a young Pakistani's rise and fall from a Wall Street trader to an Islamist radical targeted by American intelligence.

    The adaptation of Mohsin Hamid's acclaimed 2007 novel was directed by Mira Nair, who won the Golden Lion for best picture at the Venice festival in 2001 with Monsoon Wedding.

    The film, which stars Riz Ahmed, Liev Schrieber, Kate Hudson and Kiefer Sutherland, kicks off the world's oldest film festival, now in its 80th year.