Oscar nominee Kate Hudson and the fiancée of Matthew Bellamy, “Muse” frontman, was on the red carpet looking sexier and skinnier than ever after giving birth to her second son.
Hudson glittered in a shimmering spiderweb-inspired gown at the opening night of the 69th Venice Film Festival.
The 33-year-old actress was joined by Bellamy at the premiere of her new film, “The Reluctant Fundamentalist,” as well as Naomi Watts, who was supporting her husband Liev Schreiber.
Kate and Matt – who have 14-month-old son Bingham together – put on a loved-up display in front of the cameras, as they kissed and laughed on the red carpet.
Kate, who began dating the Muse frontman in 2010, plays a photographer named Erica in Mira Nair’s big-screen adaptation of Mohsin Hamid’s novel of the same name.
Riz Ahmed takes the lead role of a Pakistani Wall Street analyst whose promising career and allegiances come under scrutiny following the September 11 attacks, while Liev portrays an American journalist.
Director Mira views the film as a chance to fulfill what she sees as her life’s purpose – telling the stories of people whose lives straddle two worlds, like her own. “I believe that I have actually been put on this earth to tell stories of people like me, who live between worlds,” the Indian-born and New York-based director said. “Modern Pakistan is nothing what you read about in the papers, which is full of corruption, beheading and terrorism and so on. We all know there has been an enormous schism, a wall between East and West, since, in this last decade,” she continued.
“So I sought very much in the dialogue between America and the Islamic world in The Reluctant Fundamentalist to really bring some sense of bridge-making, some sense of healing, a sense of community that goes beyond the stereotypes, goes beyond the myopia, goes beyond the ignorance.”
“I am a child of modern India, but I was raised by essentially a father who came from Lahore, before it was partitioned” and became part of Pakistan.
Hudson plays his girlfriend and Kiefer Sutherland is his former Wall Street mentor in New York City flashbacks.
The star-studded premiere followed reports claiming this year’s festival had struggled to attract big “names.”
Mira Nair, got a mixed reception from critics.
Nair won the festival’s top prize, the Golden Lion, for Monsoon Wedding in 2001. Her triumph came three days before the 9/11 terrorist attacks.
Time magazine praised it as a “tense, thoughtful and truly international” film that “raises questions meant to test America’s conscience.”
Ahmed – who previously played an incompetent bomber in Chris Morris’s satire Four Lions – stood out in “a star-making role”, it added.
The 29-year-old was also singled out by Screen International, whose critic said he gives “a finely nuanced performance that carries the film.”
Overall, though, reviewer Mark Adams concluded that the film “never finds the right pacing or structure to satisfy the dramatic arcs.”
Variety said the film “saddles itself with a laborious narrative structure and half-baked thriller elements.”
But the Hollywood Reporter described it as “a serious-minded film whose politics demand soul-searching and attention.”
Hamid’s book was nominated for the Booker Prize in 2007.
This year’s line-up also includes “To The Wonder,” the latest from Tree of Life director Terence Malick, and Robert Redford’s “The Company You Keep.”
Philip Seymour Hoffman and Joaquin Phoenix star in Paul Thomas Anderson’s “The Master,” the story of a religious cult that some have suggested bears a resemblance to Scientology.
Alberto Barbera, the event’s new artistic director, has cut the number of films being screened and has faced criticism over the relatively small number of stars attending.
Venice has come under increasing competition from the Toronto Film Festival in Canada, which overlaps with its Italian rival.
Hudson’s last film, “Bride Wars” was released three years ago. After taking off some time to spend with her family she’s back on the big screen.
The blonde beauty, who was sexily suited in Gucci for a photocall earlier in the day,looked incredibly svelte in the Swarovski crystal embellished asymmetrical gown, which she paired with Versace heels, an Edie Parker clutch and Faberge bling.