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'Mortuary,' 'Big White' to debut at German fest

COLOGNE — Germany’s annual Fantasy Film Festival tour has lined up world premieres of five English-language pictures, including the latest from classic horror helmer Tobe Hooper (“The Texas Chainsaw Massacre”).

The 18th edition will launch in Munich on July 27 and move on to play in seven German cities until Aug. 24. Bookended by Shane Black’s mystery thriller “Kiss Kiss Bang Bang” and Thomas Vinterberg’s absurdist drama “Dear Wendy,” fest features 60 pics from 23 countries.

Besides Hooper’s “Mortuary,” fest also preems star-studded dark comedy “The Big White,” featuring Robin Williams, Holly Hunter and Woody Harrelson.

Other world premieres include Philip Adrian Booth’s horror tale “Death Tunnel,” Alexander Bulkley’s riddle-murder story “The Zodiac” and Jack-the-Ripperesque U.K. entry “Puritan” by Hadi Hajaig.

From Asia, fest includes Korean political fairy tale “The President’s Barber” and Thai thriller “Shutter,” as well as a trio of apocalyptic Japanese animes, “Ghost in the Shell 2,” “Appleseed” and “Casshern.”

Another focus set this year is on France, with selections including Didier and Thierry Poiraud’s sci-fi “Atomik Circus,” French detective legend “Arsene Lupin” and zombie pic “They Came Back.”

Fest attracted 122,000 visitors last year. It is co-presented by pay channel 13th Street.

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