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Film festival pulls Berry

OSCAR-WINNING actress Halle Berry will walk the red carpet when the 12th Shanghai International Film Festival kicks off at the Shanghai Grand Theater on June 13, officials said yesterday.

Berry received the Academy Award for Best Actress for her role in "Monster's Ball" in 2002 and starred in the 20th James Bond film "Die Another Day."

Celebrities on the red carpet at the opening ceremony will also include British actor Hugh Grant, French actress Isabelle Huppert and Hollywood star Willem Dafoe.

Chinese guests will include Hong Kong star Aaron Kwok, mainland film maker He Ping and actresses Zhou Xun and Fan Bingbing.

More than 40 domestic film production teams will attend the festival to promote movies still in production, such as Wilson Yip's kung fu flick "Ip Man 2" and Ning Hao's comedy "No-Man Zone."

"More than 300 movie stars from home and abroad will attend the festival's grand opening," said Tang Lijun, an official from the festival's organizing committee.

Due to the large number of stars, the red carpet show would be extended from one hour to one and a half. It will be broadcast live on the local Art Channel and East Movie Channel from 6:30pm on June 13.

Festival tickets went on sale at 25 theaters across the city today. Prices range from 30 yuan (US$4.40) to 60 yuan.

During the festival, which runs until June 21, there will be nearly 300 domestic and foreign films shown, including recent works such as "Wall-E," "Rachel Getting Married," and retrospectives of suspense film master Alfred Hitchcock and South Korean film maker Im Kwon-taek.

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