Shanghai fest bans Sharon Stone

Boycott stems from comments about earthquake

SHANGHAI -- The organizing committee of the Shanghai International Film Festival permanently banned Sharon Stone and her films because of her comments about the Sichuan earthquake, a SIFF spokesman told The Hollywood Reporter on Thursday.

Stone served on the jury at the 2007 festival but earned herself the ban by stating that the earthquake may have been "karma" for China's treatment of Tibet. The official death toll from the May 12 earthquake exceeded 68,000 on Thursday, with millions more left homeless.

The "Basic Instinct" star also was dropped from local Christian Dior ads, for which she is a spokesperson, according to the state-run English-language newspaper China Daily.

SIFF also released a list of 23 films that will screen during the festival, which is set for June 14-22. "We haven't yet selected the movies that will be competing, nor the opening and closing movie," said Royal Chen, spokesman from the festival's advertising and promotion office.

The films fall into three main groups: commemoration of the late Anthony Minghella, who was set to chair the jury at this year's festival; commemoration of Swedish director Ingmar Bergman; and features by legendary Hong Kong studio Shaw Brothers, Chen said.

SIFF will show four Minghella movies: "Cold Mountain," "The Talented Mr. Ripley," "The English Patient" and "Breaking and Entering." SIFF has invited Jude Law, who starred in "Breaking and Entering," to attend the screening, though Law has not yet confirmed.

The festival will feature 10 Bergman movies, including Oscar winners "The Virgin Spring" and "Through a Glass Darkly."

It will also screen seven Shaw Brothers movie, including the kung fu classic "Master Killer," released in 1978.

Two recently released films also will be showcased at the fest, Chen said: "No Country for Old Men" and "There Will Be Blood."
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