The 69th edition of the Venice Film Festival will open with the out-of-competition screening of Indian/American filmmaker Mira Nair’s thriller THE RELUCTANT FUNDAMENTALIST. The film, which stars Riz Ahmen, Kate Hudson, Kiefer Sutherland, Live Schreiber and Martin Donovan, is an international political thriller about a Pakastani man working on Wall Street who is caught between his professional aspirations, a hostage crisis, and his loyalty to his native country. The film is based on the best-selling novel of the same name, which has been translated into 25 languages. Filming took place in Delhi, Istanbul, New York, Atlanta, and Lahore in Pakistan. Lydia Dean Pilcher and the Qatar-based Doha Film Institute produced the film, whose score includes new original music by Peter Gabriel. The film will represent the fifth time that Nair, who won the Venice Golden Lion prize in 2001 for MONSOON WEDDING, will have her newest film premiere in the canal city. Her most recent Venice entry was 2004’s VANITY FAIR, which screened in competition. The new film will screen on August 29 at the Palazzo del Cinema, following the opening ceremony of the festival, which concludes September 8.
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