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Klapisch sequel to launch New Montreal

'Dolls' to open Canuck film fest

TORONTO — The North American premiere of “Les poupees russes” (The Russian Dolls) from writer-director Cedric Klapisch will open the inaugural New Montreal FilmFest, fest execs said Monday.

Pic reunites the friends from Klapisch’s “L’Auberge espagnole” (2002) for more romantic misadventures. Sequel stars Romain Duris, Kelly Reilly, Audrey Tautou, Cecile de France and Kevin Bishop.

Also on the slate are the world preem of Claude Lelouch’s “Le courage d’aimer,” starring Mathilde Seigner and Michael Leeb; the world preem of Quebec film “L’audition,” from director-thesp Luc Picard; and the North American premiere of “Joyeux Noel,” from Christian Carion, a France-U.K.-Germany-Belgium-Romania co-prod starring Diane Kruger and Daniel Bruhl that unspooled at Cannes.

Fest will include a previously announced retrospective of the work of French filmmaker Michel Deville, who is to receive the Iris Hommage for life achievement. The Panorama du Jeune Cinema Francais will be devoted to the first or second film by French filmmakers.

Fest will run Sept. 18-25.

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