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August 14, 2002 09:31pm
Sex and Lucia Too Hot for Seattle Papers
Source: Reuters

(SEATTLE, WA) -- "Sex and Lucia" may have won awards at the June Seattle Film Festival but the latte city's two major newspapers are refusing to print ads for it, saying the Spanish language film is far too sexy.

The film, scheduled to open on Friday in Seattle, will not be advertised in the Seattle Times or the Seattle Post-Intelligencer, said Kerry Coughlin, a spokeswoman for the Seattle Times, which handles advertising and management for both newspapers under a joint operating agreement.

"We are not accepting ads for the film. It does not fit within our policy on what we consider to be adult entertainment," Coughlin said.

"We're not passing judgement on the film," she said.

"Sex and Lucia" is unrated and contains several explicit sexual scenes.

Palm Pictures, which distributes the film which took honors for best director and best screenplay at the Film Festival, is bristling mad at the papers' decision, especially since the Seattle Times was one of the sponsors of the film festival.

"It is a shame that these two newspapers are trying to block ads that will bring this wonderful film to the attention of the diverse readership in Seattle," Palm Pictures founder Chris Blackwell said in a statement.

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