08/01/2011 03:51 EDT | Updated 10/01/2011 05:12 EDT

Montreal Film Festival: Coteau Rouge, By Director Andre Forcier, To Open Event


MONTREAL - "Coteau Rouge," which examines how a Quebec family reconciles the gentrification of their town with their values, will open the Montreal World Film Festival on Aug. 18.

Festival president Serge Losique said in a statement Monday he was thrilled to open the 11-day event with the film by director Andre Forcier, calling him "Quebec's Fellini."

He said Forcier, whose work includes "Une histoire inventee" and "Au Clair de la lune," possesses one of the greatest cinematic visions in Canada.

''Coteau Rouge'' stars Roy Dupuis and Celine Bonnier.

The festival is scheduled to unveil its complete lineup on Tuesday.

It has already announced several events, such as a tribute to French film icon Catherine Deneuve and a master class in filmmaking by Claude Lelouch, an acclaimed French director, writer and actor.

Noted Spanish director Vicente Aranda will preside over the festival jury.