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Roman Polanski: A Film Memoir to premiere in Zurich

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The Zurich Film Festival tonight revealed that the surprise film of the Festival is the World Premiere of the documentary "Roman Polanski: A Film Memoir." It was announced by Festival Directors Karl Spoerri and Nadia Schildknecht. “Roman Polanski: A Film Memoir” is the extraordinary story of both the man and the filmmaker. In an unprecedented encounter, Polanski talks to his friend, producer Andrew Braunsberg, about his childhood, his career in both Europe and America, the tragedy of Sharon ...

49th Annual 2011 New York Film Festival Opens with Roman Polanski’s CARNAGE

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By Maria Esteves – September 27, 2011 The 49th Annual 2011 New York Film Festival (NYFF2011) commence Friday, September 30 - Sunday, October 16, 2011 at Alice Tully Hall and the Walter Reade Theater, New York. Presented by The Film Society of Lincoln Center, NYFF annually showcase the best in international, classic, and cutting-edge independent cinema. This year’s Opening, Centerpiece, and Closing Night films are North American Premiere of CARNAGE, directed by Roman Polanski, MY WEEK...

The Return Of Roman Polanski

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  Word comes from Europe that the celebrated director Roman Polanski will be returning to Zurich, Switzerland this week to accept the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Zurich Film Festival. This could have been a standard issue awards story except for the fact that Mr. Polanski’s trip to Zurich two years ago to pick up this same honor precipitated a one-year legal battle that led to months of house arrest and his possible extradition to the United States to face a prison term for fl...

Roman Polanski will return (free) to Zurich Fest

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Roman Polanski is returning to Zurich (you remember the arrest fiasco at ZFF 2 years ago that made international headlines). He is claiming his award and unveiling a BRAND NEW SURPRISE FILM!  Director Roman Polanski will attend the upcoming 7th Zurich Film Festival to accept the lifetime achievement award that was intended for him two years ago, to honor his outstanding career achievements as a filmmaker. The announcement was made today by Zurich Film Festival Directors Karl Spoerr...

Palm Springs in full swing with Polish triple play

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The treasure chest of film choices this year at Palm Springs is so well stocked that the visiting film critic is faced with the dilemma of choice at every turn. Monday, day number five, three important Polish films were stacked up back to back; Jerzy Skolimowski's "Essential Killing", Jan Kidawa-Blonski's "Little Rose" and "All That I love", a debut entry by Jacek Borcuch. Skolimowski and Kidawa-Blonski, both veteran Polish directors, are guests of the fest and were on hand for Q & As after the...

Roman Polanski Is Big Winner At European Film Awards

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  It has been quite a year for director Roman Polanski…..house arrest in Switzerland, Silver Bear at the Berlinale, legal victory and return to his adopted home of Paris, and film adaptation of the international theatre sensation “God Of Carnage”. Now, Polanski caps a year full of ups and downs with a sixtuplet win at the European Film Awards, held this evening in the Nokia Concert Hall in the Estonian capital city of Tallinn.    “The Ghost Writer”, Polanski’s adapta...

Ghost Writer wins big at The EFA 2010

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The more than 2,300 members of the European Film Academy, filmmakers from across Europe, have voted for this year's Europea Film Awards. At the awards ceremony in Tallinn, European Capital of Culture 2011, the following awards were presented: EUROPEAN FILM 2010 THE GHOST WRITER, France/Germany/UK directed by Roman Polanski written by Robert Harris & Roman Polanski produced by Robert Benmussa, Alain Sarde & Roman Polanski EUROPEAN DIRECTOR 2010 Roman Polanski for THE GHOST WRI...

Ghost Writer wins big at The EFA 2010

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It has been quite a year for director Roman Polanski…..house arrest in Switzerland, Silver Bear at the Berlinale, legal victory and return to his adopted home of Paris, and film adaptation of the international theatre sensation “God Of Carnage”. Now, Polanski caps a year full of ups and downs with a sixtuplet win at the European Film Awards, held this evening in the Nokia Concert Hall in the Estonian capital city of Tallinn. “The Ghost Writer”, Polanski’s adaptation of the Thomas Ha...

Olivia Williams received FIPRESCI Award on behalf of Roman Polanski

Olivia Williams received FIPRESCI Award on behalf of Roman Polanski

Roman Polanski Released

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  Following a legal battle that began almost a year ago at the Zurich Airport en route to the Zurich Film Festival, Oscar-winning director Roman Polanski has been released from legal limbo that has kept him under house arrest in Switzerland, and will most likely be back in France by later this week. Switzerland announced earlier today that it will not extradite Roman Polanski to the United States, where the film director faces charges of unlawful sex with a minor over thre...

Roman Polanski Is Released

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  Following a legal battle that began almost a year ago at the Zurich Airport en route to the Zurich Film Festival, Oscar-winning director Roman Polanski has been released from legal limbo that has kept him under house arrest in Switzerland, and will most likely be back in France by later this week. Switzerland announced earlier today that it will not extradite Roman Polanski to the United States, where the film director faces charges of unlawful sex with a minor over three decad...

11th LA Polish Fest conects with Hollywood

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by Alex Deleon The Los Angeles film festival calendar is so crowded that three of them have currently been running in overlapping juxtaposition. The LA Indian film festival and the LA Polish film festival both started on the same day, April 20, but the Indian one only lasted six days leaving another six days to catch up with the second half of the Polish action. There is also an Asian festival going on simultaneously in Koreatown, but since it is physically impossible to be everywhere at once, ...

Roman Polanski in Hitchcockian Twist

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The International Film Festival FEST 2010 talks about the Blair Bush administration. Well, not really, but Roman Polanski does! The Office of film festival has got an official letter from Roman Polanski to congratulate and thank FEST 2010 for screening of his new film “The Ghost Writer” in Belgrade. Polanski nowadays is under house arrest in his Swiss House and could not attend The Berlin Film Festival or any other festival because he’s been accused for allegedly having sex with minor, b...

Polanski In Switzerland, his Film In Berlin

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In what has to be one of the most bizarre red carpet scenarios in many a moon, the Berlinale is bracing for the buzz storm surrounding the world premiere of THE GHOST WRITER, the latest film from director Roman Polanski. And while the stars of the film, Ewan McGregor and Pierce Brosnan will officiously walk the red carpet at the Berlinale Palast this evening, the film's celebrated director remains under house arrest in his ski villa in Switzerland. Of course, this is not the first time that a fi...

Roman Polanski & Sharon Tate

Polanski In Switzerland, His Film In Berlin

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  In what has to be one of the most bizarre red carpet scenarios in many a moon, the Berlinale is bracing for the buzz storm surrounding the world premiere of THE GHOST WRITER, the latest film from director Roman Polanski. And while the stars of the film, Ewan McGregor and Pierce Brosnan will officiously walk the red carpet at the Berlinale Palast this evening, the film's celebrated director remains under house arrest in his ski villa in Switzerland. Of course, this is not t...

Scorsese and Polanski At 2010 Berlinale

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  Roman Polanski, who is under house arrest in Switzerland while awaiting word about an extredition proceeding that may bring him back to a United States prison, will be represented at the upcoming Berlinale (even though Polanski will, presumably, only be there in spirit). The controversial filmmaker's latest film THE GHOST WRITER, an adaptation of novelist Philip Roth's tome, is one of the high profile films announced that will be competing for the Golden Bear prize at the 60th edition...

Berlin will offer world premiere of next Scorsese and Polanski films

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The 60th Berlinale: Films by Martin Scorsese and Roman Polanski to celebrate world premieres in the Competition programmeThe first seven titles for the Competition of the 60th Berlin International Film Festival have been confirmed. The films selected so far are from Austria, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, France, Germany, India, Iran, Turkey, the UK and the USA. This first group of films selected for the Competition is characterized by up-and-coming young directors, stars and masters of filmma...

Karl Spoerri (Zurich Fest Artistic Director) comments his festival and the Polanski hiatus

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I had the opportunity to interview Karl Spoerri Artistic Director of Zurich Film Festival a few days before the festival was over. Polanski's arrest  suddenly put the festival in the spotlight. It clearly was wrong unwanted publicity...but still publicity. This being said, my first question to Karl BC: What are you most proud of in the 2009 edition of Zurich festival? RS: A brilliant competition (30 films in 3 competitions) so beautiful, and the reaction in the audience wonde...

Interview with Karl Spoerri Artistic Director of Zurich Film Festival

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I had the opportunity to interview Karl Spoerri Artistic Director of Zurich Film Festival a few days before the festival was over.Polanski’s arrest suddenly put the festival in the spotlight. It clearly was wrong unwanted publicity…but still publicity.This being said, my first question to KarlBC: What are you most proud of in the 2009 edition of Zurich festival?RS: A brilliant competition (30 films in 3 competitions) so beautiful, and the reaction in the audience wonderful, all directors in...

Roman Polanski could be extradited to U.S.

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  Roman Polanski is weighing his legal options after his arrest Saturday at the Zurich Airport. If he agrees to allow extradition, he could be sent to the U.S. within a few days. If he fights the order, it could take several months for the case to get through Swiss courts. Ever since being charged in 1977 for having sex with a 13-year-old girl, Polanski has lived in Paris and has avoi...

To all members of EFA academy : help us...we demand an immediate release for Roman Polanski

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The following solidarity note was issued yesterday and read out at the Zurich Film Festival's special event held in honour of Roman Polanski:As members of the European Film Academy and the European film community we protest at the arbitrary treatment of one of the world's most outstanding film directors. We declare our deep respect for our colleague and friend Roman Polanski and we demand his immediate release. Wim Wenders Volker Schloendorff Victoria Abril Peter Susc...

Polanski busted before his Zurich Fest homage

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The Zurich Film Festival received an unexpected international focus in the media when the news of Polanski's arrest became public. Polanski Le Locataire The tenant Roman Polanski was arrested september 27th by Swiss police in connection with a 32-year-old sex case at the request of U.S. authorities as the director arrived in the country to...

Polanski busted before his Zurich Fest homage

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The Zurich Film Festival received an unexpected international focus in the media when the news of Polanski arrest became public.Roman Polanski was arrested september 26th by Swiss police on his arrival at the Zurich airport in connection with a 32-year-old sex case at the request of U.S. authorities as the director arrived in the country to receive his award at the Zurich Film Festival. French minister of culture Frederic Mitterand, declared "There is a face of USA that we love, but today Americ...

Zurich Festival To Present a Special Roman Polanski Retrospective

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It was announced today that the Zurich Film Festival (ZFF) will present Oscar® winner Roman Polanski with the Festival’s prestigious Golden Eye Award for his life’s work as a film director. The announcement was made today by ZFF Directors Karl Spoerri and Nadja Schildknecht.Roman Polanski is regarded as one of the most unconventional filmmakers of our time and will receive the Golden Eye Award on Sunday, September 27th, as part of ZFF’s ongoing “A Tribute To...” series during the 5th ...

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