The 69th Venice film festival, the cinema mostra, is running from August 29 to September 8, and will feature 51 world premieres. The festival kicked off with the arrival of stars on water taxis for an art house dominated line-up dealing with issues from religious extremism to economic crisis.

First up at the world’s oldest film festival was the showing of Mira Nair’s “The Reluctant Fundamentalist” – a political thriller about a soulful young Pakistani man torn between Wall Street ambitions and the call of his homeland. - Photos by Agencies

Workers setup the entrance of the Lido Casino hosting the Venice film festival on August 27, 2012 in Venice.
Workers setup the entrance of the Lido Casino hosting the Venice film festival on August 27, 2012 in Venice.
The host of the festival, Polish-born actress and model Kasia Smutniak poses on the beach on the eve of the opening of the festival on August 28.
The host of the festival, Polish-born actress and model Kasia Smutniak poses on the beach on the eve of the opening of the festival on August 28.
US actress Kate Hudson disembarks from a boat as she arrives for the festival on August 29.
US actress Kate Hudson disembarks from a boat as she arrives for the festival on August 29.
From left, writer Mohsin Hamid, actor Riz Ahmed, director Mira Nair, actors Kate Hudson, Liev Schreiber and producer Lydia Dean Pilcher arrive for the press conference of the film 'The Reluctant Fundamentalist' at the festival on Aug. 29.
From left, writer Mohsin Hamid, actor Riz Ahmed, director Mira Nair, actors Kate Hudson, Liev Schreiber and producer Lydia Dean Pilcher arrive for the press conference of the film 'The Reluctant Fundamentalist' at the festival on Aug. 29.
US Director Jonathan Demme (R) kisses Italian singer Enzo Avitabile as they pose during a photocall for the movie “Enzo Avitabile Music Life” at the festival.
US Director Jonathan Demme (R) kisses Italian singer Enzo Avitabile as they pose during a photocall for the movie “Enzo Avitabile Music Life” at the festival.
From left, producer Lydia Dean Pilcher, writer Mohsin Hamid, actress Kate Hudson, actor Riz Ahmed, director Mira Nair, and actor Liev Schreiber pose during the photo call for the movie 'The reluctant Fundamentalist' at the festival.
From left, producer Lydia Dean Pilcher, writer Mohsin Hamid, actress Kate Hudson, actor Riz Ahmed, director Mira Nair, and actor Liev Schreiber pose during the photo call for the movie 'The reluctant Fundamentalist' at the festival.
Member of Venezia 69's jury, French actress Laetitia Casta (C), poses during the photocall of the jury at the festival.
Member of Venezia 69's jury, French actress Laetitia Casta (C), poses during the photocall of the jury at the festival.
The President of Venezia 69's jury, US film director Michael Mann (C), poses with the director of the cinema Biennale Alberto Barbera (R) and the President of the Biennale Paolo Baratta, during the photocall of the jury at the festival.
The President of Venezia 69's jury, US film director Michael Mann (C), poses with the director of the cinema Biennale Alberto Barbera (R) and the President of the Biennale Paolo Baratta, during the photocall of the jury at the festival.
(From L) The Opera Prima jury, Matt Reeves, Bob Sinclar, Isabella Ferrari Preident Shekhar Kapur and Michel Demopoulos pose during a photocall at the festival.
(From L) The Opera Prima jury, Matt Reeves, Bob Sinclar, Isabella Ferrari Preident Shekhar Kapur and Michel Demopoulos pose during a photocall at the festival.
(From L) The Orizzonti jury, Milcho Manchevski, Amir Naderi, President Pierfrancesco Favino, Sandra den Hamer, Runa Islam and Nadine Labakic pose during a photocall at the festival.
(From L) The Orizzonti jury, Milcho Manchevski, Amir Naderi, President Pierfrancesco Favino, Sandra den Hamer, Runa Islam and Nadine Labakic pose during a photocall at the festival.

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