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Swedish Fantastic fest fullest ever

'MirrorMask,' 'Descent' among competish pix

STOCKHOLM — Sweden’s 11th Fantastic Film Festival has unveiled its biggest slate, a lineup of 100 films from 19 countries.

Dave McKean’s fantasy “MirrorMask” and Neil Marshall’s horror film “The Descent” are among those competing for the Silver Melies for European film at the event, which runs Sept. 16-25 in Lund, in the south of Sweden.

Others in competition are Austrian sci-fier “Ainoa,” by Marco Kalantari; Belgian Olivier Smolder’s futuristic pic “Nuit noire”; and Spanish horror thriller “Romasanta,” by Paco Plaza.

Fest opens with Hayao Miyazaki’s “Howl’s Moving Castle” and ends with Joss Whedon’s “Serenity,” the bigscreen adaptation of his oater-in-space TV skein.

A side section will be devoted to Asian films, with a special focus on filmmakers from Thailand, Hong Kong and Japan.

Titles include Oxide Pang’s psychological thriller “Abnormal Beauty”; Parkpoom Wongpoom’s “Shutter”; and controversial Thai ghost story “P,” directed by Brit Paul Spurrier, which has been criticized because of its depiction of the Thai sex industry.

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