'Faubourg 36' opening Montreal fest

Musical drama opening in Belgium, France in September

TORONTO -- French director Christophe Barratier is set to open the Montreal World Film Festival with his musical drama "Faubourg 36" (Paris 36).

The Pathe International film about three Parisian dance hall veterans who stage a musical as France's Popular Front comes to power in 1936 is Barratier's first feature since his 2004 success "Les Choristes."

Jacques Perrin and Nicolas Mauvernay share producer credit on "Faubourg 36," which Pathe shopped at Cannes.

The Montreal world premiere comes ahead of a Sept. 24 theatrical release date for the French drama in Belgium and France.

Alliance Vivafilm will release "Faubourg 36" in Quebec.

The Montreal festival, which will unveil its full lineup Tuesday, also will give lifetime achievement awards to two Hollywood veterans -- actor Tony Curtis and film producer Alan Ladd Jr. -- during its Aug. 21-Sept. 1 run.