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While an Italian-only section allowed many films to be seen it also created a crowded field.

`’You had too many films being released during the Italian film festival, and they couldn’t get attention,” said Andrea Occhipunti of Lucky Red, an Italian production company. `’There was more rigor” in the choices this year.

The 69th Venice Film Festival opens Wednesday with the world premiere of Mira Nair’s `’The Reluctant Fundamentalist,” an adaptation of the best-selling novel about a young Pakistani whose Wall Street career veers off course after the 9/11 terror attacks. The film shows out of competiton.

The festival ends on Sept. 8, with the awarding of the Golden Lion and other prizes.