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‘Labyrinth’ winds way to Sitges

Del Toro pic to open fest Oct. 6

Helmer Guillermo del Toro’s Cannes competition player “El laberinto del fauno” (Pan’s Labyrinth) will open the 39th Sitges Intl. Film Festival of Catalonia on Oct. 6.

Del Toro also will be honored with a retrospective at the 10-day fest. David Lynch will receive a tribute and retro including his latest pic, “Inland Empire.”

Euro filmmakers dominate the first titles announced for Sitges’ main fantasy film competition, which includes French-born Michel Gondry’s “The Science of Sleep,” Georgian Gela Babluani’s “13 (Tzameti),” Hungarian Gyorgy Palfi’s “Taxidermia,” Dane Anders Morhentahler’s “Princess” and “Renaissance” from France’s Christian Volckman.

Competish also has two films from Korean auteurs: Bong Jeon-ho’s monster movie “The Host,” a hit at Cannes, and “Time,” from Kim Ki-duk.

Spain is repped in competition by Nacho Cerda’s ghost story “The Abandoned,” Elio Quiroga’s chiller “La hora fria” and Catalan-U.S. co-production “The Ungodly.”

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In an unusual departure, Sitges’ competition also will feature two made-fors: Joe Dante’s “Homecoming” and John Carpenter’s “Cigarette Burns.”

Playing out of competition are Neil LaBute’s “The Wicker Man,” Richard Linklater’s “A Scanner Darkly,” Daniel Monzon’s “The Kovak Box” and Miguelanxo Prado’s “De Profundis,” a hand-painted toon pic.

Sitges will dedicate sidebars to Asian fantasy film (“Orient Express”); Bollywood, (with the world preem of Raquel Barrera’s Catalan-British docupic “Camino a Bollywood” and Amol Palekar’s “Paheli”); experimental pics (“Noves Visions”); standout Euro genre movies (“Europa Imaginaria”); and the best recent Catalan productions, showcased in a Catalan Focus.

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