Stockholm fest sets lineup

Nov. event will open with 'Precious,' close with 'Up in the Air'

BERLIN -- The 20th Stockholm International Film Festival, one of Scandinavia's top cinema events, will open Nov. 18 with Lee Daniels' Oscar-buzz drama "Precious: Based on the Novel Push by Sapphire," and close Nov. 29 with a screening of Jason Reitman's downsizing comedy "Up in the Air," starring George Clooney. In between, Stockholm has stuffed some 180 films from more than 50 countries, including more than 100 Nordic premieres.

The competition lineup includes several of this year's festival favorites, among them Andrea Arnold's "Fish Tank," immigrant drama "Sin Nombre" from Cary Joji Fukunaga and "Mr. Nobody" from Belgian director Jaco van Dormael.

Actress Susan Sarandon is expected to travel to Stockholm to receive the event's lifetime achievement honor, the bronze horse, while French director Luc Besson will receive the festival's visionary award.

Competition films in the 2009 Stockholm Festival:

"Amreeka," Cherien Dabis, U.S.
"Buried Secrets," Raja Amari, Tunisia/Switzerland/France
"Dogtooth," Yorgos Lanthimos, Greece
"Eyes Wide Open," Haim Tabakman, Israel/Germany/France
"Fish Tank," Andrea Arnold, U.K.
"Frontier Blues," Babak Jalali, Iran/U.K./Italy
"Gordos," Daniel Sanchez Arevalo, Spain
"I Killed My Mother," Xavier Dolan, Canada
"Metropia," Tarik Saleh, Sweden/Denmark/Norway/Finland
"Miss Kicki," Hakon Liu, Sweden
"Mr. Nobody," Jaco Van Dormael, Canada/Belgium/France/Germany
"Nothing Personal," Urszula Antoniak, Ireland/Netherlands
"Ordinary People," Vladimir Perisic,
"Precious, based on the novel Push by Sapphire," Lee Daniels, U.S.
"Shifty," Eran Creevy, UK
"Sin Nombre," Cary Joji Fukunaga, U.S./Mexico
"Together," Matias Armand Jordal, Norway
"The Unloved," Samantha Morton, U.K.
"Up in the Air," Jason Reitman, U.S.
"Whip It," Drew Barrymore, U.S.