Stockholm fest getting ‘Shortbus’

Fest to fete Hallstrom, Aronofsky

STOCKHOLM — John Cameron Mitchell’s “Shortbus,” Michel Gondry’s “The Science of Sleep” and Julia Loktev’s “Day Night Day Night” are among 20 films screening in competition at this year’s Stockholm Intl. Film Festival.

The event opens Nov. 16 with Todd Field’s “Little Children,” also in competition, and wraps Nov. 26.

Swedish helmer Lasse Hallstrom (“My Life as a Dog,” “Chocolat”) will receive a lifetime achievement award. The festival’s Visionary Award will be presented to Darren Aronofsky, whose third film, “The Fountain,” will screen in competition.

This year’s Spotlight section is dedicated to pics with a Arabic theme. The section includes “Days of Glory,” which took the acting prize at Cannes; “The Yacoubian Building,” the most expensive film ever produced in Egypt; and “Keif Alhal,” Saudi Arabia’s first feature film.