The 69th Venice Film Festival kicked off in Italy on Wednesday with the premiere of Kate Hudson's Mira Nair film The Reluctant Fundamentalist.

The actress joined co-stars Riz Ahmed and Liev Schreiber on the red carpet and shared a kiss for photographers with fiance Matt Bellamy.

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Kate Hudson attends The Reluctant Fundamentalist Premiere

Polish actress and model Kasia Smutniak opened the festival with a sombre reminder that filmmaker Jafar Panahi is still under house arrest in his native Iran for making films about the country deemed inappropriate and could not attend the event.

His absence was marked by an empty seat onstage outside the Palazzo Del Cinema.

Panahi has also been remembered at other European film festivals, where he was once a regular.

PHOTOS: Kate Hudson at Venice Film Festival

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  • "The Reluctant Fundamentalist" Premiere And Opening Ceremony - The 69th Venice Film Festival

    VENICE, ITALY - AUGUST 29: Actress Kate Hudson and Matt Bellamy attend 'The Reluctant Fundamentalist' Premiere And Opening Ceremony during the 69th Venice International Film Festival at Palazzo del Cinema on August 29, 2012 in Venice, Italy. (Photo by Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images)

  • "The Reluctant Fundamentalist" Premiere And Opening Ceremony - The 69th Venice Film Festival

    VENICE, ITALY - AUGUST 29: Actress Kate Hudson attends 'The Reluctant Fundamentalist' Premiere And Opening Ceremony during the 69th Venice International Film Festival at Palazzo del Cinema on August 29, 2012 in Venice, Italy. (Photo by Ian Gavan/Getty Images)

  • "The Reluctant Fundamentalist" Premiere And Opening Ceremony - The 69th Venice Film Festival

    VENICE, ITALY - AUGUST 29: Actress Kate Hudson attends 'The Reluctant Fundamentalist' Premiere And Opening Ceremony during the 69th Venice International Film Festival at Palazzo del Cinema on August 29, 2012 in Venice, Italy. (Photo by Ian Gavan/Getty Images)

  • "The Reluctant Fundamentalist" Premiere And Opening Ceremony - The 69th Venice Film Festival

    VENICE, ITALY - AUGUST 29: Actress Kate Hudson attends 'The Reluctant Fundamentalist' Premiere And Opening Ceremony during the 69th Venice International Film Festival at Palazzo del Cinema on August 29, 2012 in Venice, Italy. (Photo by Ian Gavan/Getty Images)

  • "The Reluctant Fundamentalist" Premiere And Opening Ceremony - The 69th Venice Film Festival

    VENICE, ITALY - AUGUST 29: Actress Kate Hudson and Matt Bellamy attend 'The Reluctant Fundamentalist' Premiere And Opening Ceremony during the 69th Venice International Film Festival at Palazzo del Cinema on August 29, 2012 in Venice, Italy. (Photo by Gareth Cattermole/Getty Images)

  • Lancia On The Red Carpet Of The 69th Venice Fim Vestival - August 29, 2012

    VENICE, ITALY - AUGUST 29: Actress Kate Hudson and Matt Bellamy attends 'The Reluctant Fundamentalist' premiere during the 69th Venice Film Festival at Palazzo del Cinema on August 29, 2012 in Venice, Italy. (Photo by Vittorio Zunino Celotto/Getty Images for Lancia)

  • Lancia On The Red Carpet Of The 69th Venice Fim Vestival - August 29, 2012

    VENICE, ITALY - AUGUST 29: Actress Kate Hudson and Matt Bellamy attends 'The Reluctant Fundamentalist' premiere during the 69th Venice Film Festival at Palazzo del Cinema on August 29, 2012 in Venice, Italy. (Photo by Vittorio Zunino Celotto/Getty Images for Lancia)

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    US actress Kate Hudson (R) and British musician Matt Bellamy arrive for the opening ceremony of the 69th Venice film festival on August 29, 2012 at Venice Lido. 'The reluctant fundamentalist' by Indian film director Mira Nair will open the 69th Venice film festival, the cinema mostra. AFP PHOTO / TIZIANA FABI (Photo credit should read TIZIANA FABI/AFP/GettyImages)

  • Opening Ceremony: Inside - The 69th Venice Film Festival

    VENICE, ITALY - AUGUST 29: Actress Kate Hudson and Matt Bellamy attend the Opening Ceremony of the 69th Venice International Film Festival at Palazzo del Cinema on August 29, 2012 in Venice, Italy. (Photo by Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images)

  • Lancia Cafe Hosts 'The Reluctant Fundamestalist' Cocktail - The 69th Venice Film Festival

    VENICE, ITALY - AUGUST 29: Actress Kate Hudson and Naomi Watts attends the Lancia Cafe Hosts 'The Reluctant Fundamestalist' Cocktail on August 29, 2012 in Venice, Italy. (Photo by Tullio M. Puglia/Getty Images for Lancia)


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