'Coraline' brings 3-D to Sydney film fest

12-film competition slate to be unveiled May 13

SYDNEY -- Henry Selick's "Coraline" will be the first stereoscopic 3-D film to screen at the Sydney Film Festival.

The gothic fairytale was one of four titles unveiled Wednesday for the fest's second competitive section.

Also set for the June 3-14 fest's competition are Steve Jacobs' "Disgrace" (Australia), Gustave de Kervern and Benoit Delepine's "Louise-Michel" (France) and Sebastian Silva's "The Maid" (Chile).

Festival director Clare Stewart said the official competition will "provide a glamorous and stimulating focus for the festival."

"This year we will be building on its success with a 12-day event that condenses and intensifies the festival experience," she said.

Also announced Wednesday were several Australian premieres, including John Woo's "Red Cliff," the animated feature "Brendan and the Secret of the Kells," political spoof "In the Loop" and Berlinale award winner "Everyone Else."

The remaining eight films in competition will be unveiled May 13 along with the full festival lineup.
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