Writer/director Brady Corbet’s drama “Vox Lux,” starring Natalie Portman, Raffey Cassidy, Stacy Martin and Jude Law, will open this year’s Austin Film Festival, the fest announced today.

Corbet will be in attendance to present the film and will also take part in a conversation as part of AFF’s Writers Conference.

“Vox Lux” opens in 1999 as teenage sisters Celeste (Cassidy) and Eleanor (Martin), compose and perform a song about a traumatic experience, which also happens to launch a music career. Jude Law plays a passionate music manager as Celeste becomes a star and Eleanor stays in the relative background. In 2017, 31-year-old Celeste (Portman), whose career has been marked with scandal, is mother to a teenage daughter when an act of violence demands Celeste’s attention.

The fest runs Oct. 25 to Nov. 1. For the full schedule of films, panels, workshops and parties, visit austinfilmfestival.com.