Quebec feature “Le Sexe des Etoiles” has been selected as the opening-night film at this year’s Montreal World Film Festival, set to run Aug. 26 to Sept. 6. Directed by Paule Baillargeon, “Le Sexe des Etoiles”– which translates as “The Sex of the Stars”– tells the topical story of a teenage girl whose life is turned upside-down when she discovers that her long-lost father has had a sex change.

Baillargeon is best known as an actress, and has had roles in “Jesus of Montreal,””La Femme de l’Hotel” and “I’ve Heard the Mermaids Singing.””Le Sexe des Etoiles” is her second feature as a helmer. The film will be part of the official competition at the Montreal fest, and CFP Distribution plans to open it in Quebec Sept. 7.

“It is definitely the type of movie that the festival will help launch,” says CFP veepee Christian Larouche.

It was previously announced that this year’s fest will feature tributes to former James Bond star Roger Moore and prolific local producer Rock Demers, along with a special section devoted to contemporary British cinema.

The entire lineup of the 17th Montreal World Film Festival will be unveiled at a press conference in Montreal today.

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