'Call Girl,' 'The Master' bookend event

STOCKHOLM — The 23rd edition of the Stockholm Film Fest will launch a new prize, the Stockholm Achievement Award, with actor Willem Dafoe as its first recipient.

The other honorees will be Swedish director Jan Troell, who will receive the Lifetime Achievement Award, and French helmer Jacques Audiard, who nabs the Visionary Award.

All three will hold masterclasses at the fest, which takes place Nov. 7-18.

A third of all films in the fest were helmed by femme directors, fest director Git Scheynius and programmer George Ivanov pointed out at Wednesday’s presser.

A score of films will compete for the Bronze Horse, including Ursula Meier’s “Sister,” Miguel Gomes’ “Tabu” and Andrew Dominik’s “Killing Them Softly.”

The lineup includes several first-time works: Alice Winocour’s “Augustine,” David Lambert’s “Beyond the Walls,” Lucy Mulloy’s “One Night,” Benh Zeitlin’s “Beasts of the Southern Wild” and Mikael Marcimain’s “Call Girl,” which opens the fest.

The Open Zone section includes Berlin preems like Paolo and Vittorio Taviani’s “Caesar Must Die” and Benoit Jacquot’s “Farewell My Queen,” Cannes pics like Michael Haneke’s “Love,” Leos Carax’s “Holy Motors” and Carlos Reygadas’ “Post Tenebras Lux,” as well as Venice frontrunners like Kim Ki-duk’s “Pieta” and Paul Thomas Anderson’s “The Master,” which closes the fest. Open Zone also features Audiard’s “Rust and Bone” and Troell’s “The Last Sentence,” recently picked up for U.S. distrib by Music Box Films.

Robert Zemeckis’ “Flight” will make its international preem as a Gala Screening.

Robert Redford’s “The Company You Keep” will open the Spotlight on Power, which also features Sophie Fiennes’ “The Pervert’s Guide to Ideology” with philosopher Slavoj Zizek.

“Girls” creator and thesp Lena Dunham visits Stockholm to tubthump for Ry Russo-Young’s “Nobody Walks,” which Dunham co-penned.

“Call Girl’s” leads Sofia Karemyr and Josefin Asplund, and Nermina Lukac from Gabriela Pichler’s “Eat Sleep Die” are among the nominees for Viasat Film Rising Star, an award highlighting promising Swedish actors.

The Work In Progress section includes pics from Danish helmer Christoffer Boe and Estonia’s Veiko Ounpuu, and TV series from Swedish helmers Kristian Petri and Pernilla August.

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