Lee Daniel’s Precious: Based On The Novel Push By Sapphire will open the 20th Stockholm International Film Festival, which runs November 18 - 29.
The film’s programme will feature 180 films from more than 50 countries, including seven world premieres.
The festival has selected 20 films to compete for its Grand Prix. The competition includes newcomer Håkon Liu’s Miss Kicki, starring Pernilla August.
Meanwhile, August will be at the festival to show footage from her directorial debut, Svinalängorna,featuring Millennium trilogy star Noomi Rapace in the lead.
The annual Spolight section is called Apocalypse: The Time Is Now and will feature films such as Australian director John Hillcoat’s The Road and Shane Acker’s 9. The festival will also see the return of regular sidebars Open Zone, American Independents, Asian Images Documania, Twilight Zone as well as the addition of a new one, Latin Visions.
The festival will honour French director-producer Luc Besson with the Stockholm Visionary Award, while Oscar-winning actress Susan Sarandon will collect a Lifetime Achivement Award. She will also introduce the out-door performance of The Rocky Horror Picture Show, which will be screened on a 10-ton ice-screen .
”It is our most comprehensive line so far, so we have added one day to the schedule,” said festival director Git Scheynius.