Roman Polanski to Return to Zurich Film Festival – Variety

In today’s International Newswire, Roman Polanski returns to the Zurich Film Festival, eight years after he was arrested on his way to the Swiss event; James Franco’s “The Disaster Artist” leads Spanish critics’ polls at the San Sebastian Film Festival; and Sony amps up production of TV series in Latin America.

Roman Polanski is to return to the Zurich Film Festival, eight years after he was arrested on his way to the event, where he was to collect a lifetime achievement award.

The Swizz authorities detained him at Zurich airport, acting on an arrest warrant issued by the U.S., where he is wanted for the rape of a 13-year-old girl in 1977. After two months in jail, followed by several months under house arrest in Gstaad, the authorities decided not to extradite him.

The director will attend the Zurich festival on Monday to present his latest film, the thriller “Based on a True Story,” accompanied by his wife, actress Emmanuelle Seigner, who stars in the film.

At the festival’s launch earlier this month the organizers said that women would be at the center of the event. “This year’s ZFF is a festival of women,” the festival said in a statement. The festival is to be attended by Swiss President Doris Leuthard, and actresses Glenn Close, Alicia Vikander and Claire Foy, among others.

Festival director Karl Spoerri reported that 38 films in the lineup were directed by women, and that the proportion of women in the three competition sections is between 35% and 40%.

In 2014, Polanski abandoned a trip to Switzerland’s Locarno Film Festival, where he was to receive another lifetime achievement award, following protests by local politicians and newspapers.

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