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Roman Polanski returning to Zurich Film Festival – AWARDS ALLEY

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: Roman Polanski will attend this year’s Zurich Film Festival, where he’ll receive the lifetime achievement award he expected to receive in 2009, only this time he’s hoping the results will be different.

The Oscar-winning director, if you recall, was arrested on sexual assault charges by Zurich police when he landed, resulting in months of house arrest as the courts debated whether he needed to be extradited to the United States to face charges of sexually assaulting a teenage girl.

But, as THR reports, the courts released Polanski, and the “Carnage” director believes the legal precedent will allow him to attend this year’s event.

The trade adds that an “undisclosed non-fiction feature” will be screened following the Zurich tribute to Polanski, but made no mention as to whether the director’s “Carnage” – with Kate Winslet, Jodie Foster, Christoph Waltz and John C. Reilly – will screen. Could the non-fiction film be Marina Zenovich’s “Roman Polanski: Wanted and Desired” documentary from 2008? That would be a strange sort of justice, no?

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About Sean O'Connell

Sean O'Connell is a nationally recognized film critic. His reviews have been published in print ('The Washington Post,' 'USA Today') and online (AMC FilmCritic.com, MSN's Citysearch) since 1996. He's a weekly contributor to several national radio programs. He is a longstanding member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association (BFCA), the Online Film Critics Society (OFCS), and the Southeastern Film Critics View all articles by Sean O'Connell Association (SEFCA).

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