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Roman Polanski Loses Bid for Academy Reinstatement

Roman Polanski Loses Bid for Academy Reinstatement
A judge on Tuesday denied Roman Polanski’s request to be reinstated to the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, finding that the organization behind the Oscars had a right to expel him in May 2018.

Polanski sued the Academy in April 2019, alleging that he had been thrown out without any warning and without a fair process. Polanski fled the United States in 1978, after pleading guilty to the rape of a 13-year-old girl. He has remained a fugitive ever since, and efforts to extradite him have been unsuccessful.

Judge Mary Strobel concluded that while the Academy could have given Polanski advance notice, the organization had ultimately corrected that failing and given him a fair hearing. She adopted a tentative ruling that she had issued earlier on Tuesday as her final order.

“Board had cause to expel Petitioner,” Strobel wrote. “While the Board could have found the circumstances surrounding Petitioner’s continued fugitive status,
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Roman Polanski’s ‘An Officer and a Spy’ Still Has No Us Release Plans Despite Winning 3 French Oscars

Roman Polanski’s ‘An Officer and a Spy’ Still Has No Us Release Plans Despite Winning 3 French Oscars
Despite winning three César Film Awards last week, Roman Polanski’s critically acclaimed new film “An Officer and a Spy” is unlikely to reach American audiences anytime soon.

The film has debuted in European countries such as Italy (at last August’s Venice Film Festival), Belgium (Nov. 13) and Spain in January — but there is no North American release date in sight.

Not only has no U.S. distributor stepped up for domestic rights to the film, but five who had previously worked with the director would not comment on even the possibility of picking up the Polanski project. That includes Sony Pictures Classics, which distributed the Polish-born director’s last film, “Based on a True Story,” in 2017.

Also Read: Roman Polanski Draws Protests, Wins Prizes at Stormy Cesar Awards

Polanski, long a polarizing figure since he fled the U.S. in 1978 after pleading guilty to unlawful sexual intercourse with a 13-year-old girl,
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​French Césars under fire (again) over Roman Polanski’s 12 nominations

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​French Césars under fire (again) over Roman Polanski’s 12 nominations
French feminists rail against César Academy for not taking moral position on Polanski.

France’s Academy of Cinema Arts and Sciences and the country’s film industry came under fire on Wednesday after Roman Polanski’s An Officer And A Spy topped the nominations list for the 45th edition of its César awards.

The period drama– about the infamous 19th century case of French-Jewish army officer Alfred Dreyfus who was wrongly convicted for spying - garnered nominations in 12 categories, including best film and best director.

The film’s selection at Venice – where it won the grand jury prize – as well
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​French Césars under fire (again) over Roman Polanski nominations

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​French Césars under fire (again) over Roman Polanski nominations
French feminists rail against César Academy for not taking moral position on Polanski.

France’s Academy of Cinema Arts and Sciences and the country’s film industry came under fire on Wednesday after Roman Polanski’s An Officer And A Spy topped the nominations list for the 45th edition of its César awards.

The period drama– about the infamous 19th century case of French-Jewish army officer Alfred Dreyfus who was wrongly convicted for spying - earned nominations in 12 categories, including best film and best director.

The film’s selection at Venice – where it won the grand jury prize – as well
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​Roman Polanski’s ‘An Officer And A Spy’ tops César nominations

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​Roman Polanski’s ‘An Officer And A Spy’ tops César nominations
France’s César Academy members’ support for Polanski’s film unswayed by rape allegations.

France’s Academy of Cinema Arts and Sciences unveiled the nominations for the 45th edition of the César awards at its traditional news conference at Fouquet’s restaurant in Paris on Wednesday morning.

Roman Polanski’s historic drama An Officer And A Spy – about the infamous 19th Century Alfred Dreyfus affair - topped the list with nominations in 12 categories, including best film and best director.

The French release of the film, which won the grand jury prize at the Venice Film Festival last September, was hit
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‘An Officer and a Spy’ Leads French Box Office Despite Roman Polanski Controversy

‘An Officer and a Spy’ Leads French Box Office Despite Roman Polanski Controversy
Roman Polanski’s latest film, “An Officer and a Spy,” is leading the French box office after its opening weekend and fifth day out in theaters despite new sexual-assault accusations against the director and truncated promotion for the film.

Released by Gaumont last Wednesday across 545 screens, “An Officer and a Spy” has grossed an estimated €1.5 million ($1.6 million) from 370,000 tickets sold in France as of midday Monday, taking the lead at the weekend B.O. ahead of James Mangold’s “Ford v. Ferrari,” according to Comscore France. It’s the seventh-best start for a French film since the beginning of the year, Gaumont said.

The film’s main Parisian premiere last Tuesday evening went smoothly, with Polanski and lead actor Jean Dujardin in attendance, but another premiere screening scheduled at a different Paris venue, which co-star Louis Garrel was supposed to attend, was canceled amid a protest by women’s-rights activists.
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Distributors stand by Roman Polanski’s ‘An Officer And A Spy’ release

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Distributors stand by Roman Polanski’s ‘An Officer And A Spy’ release
Release rocked by fresh rape allegations against the director.

European distributors of Roman Polanski’s An Officer And A Spy have told Screen they are standing by their release plans despite protests in Paris and a fresh rape allegation against the director.

As previously reported, Gaumont is pushing ahead with a 550-screen release in France from today despite an accusation by photographer Valentine Monnier that Polanski raped her in 1975 when she was 18-years-old. Polanski has denied the allegation via his lawyer who says they plan to take legal action against Le Parisien newspaper, which printed Monnier’s story.

Other distributors
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Gaumont releases Roman Polanski film amid rising backlash

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Paris preview screening on Tuesday evening abandoned after female rights activists picket screening.

French studio Gaumont is continuing with its theatrical launch of Roman Polanski’s An Officer And A Spy today (November 13) in the face of growing protests against its release, following a fresh rape allegation against the director.

A preview screening at the Le Champo cinema in the Latin Quarter of Paris had to be abandoned on Tuesday evening after a group of female rights activists picketed the event, brandishing slogans, reading: “Polanski rapist, cinema is complicit, public is complicit.”

French actor Louis Garrel, who plays the role
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Promotion of Roman Polanski’s New Film Canceled in France, but Not Its Premiere

Promotion of Roman Polanski’s New Film Canceled in France, but Not Its Premiere
In the wake of French actress Valentine Monnier’s allegation of rape against Roman Polanski, the promotion of the director’s latest film, “An Officer and a Spy,” has been axed in France, but the movie’s premiere Tuesday night and its theatrical release are scheduled to go forward.

Real-life period drama “An Officer and a Spy” is set to premiere Tuesday evening in Paris on the Champs Elysees. It’s unknown at this point if Polanski will attend. Distributor Gaumont told Variety that it would press ahead with its plan to give the film a wide release across France starting Wednesday on 545 screens, despite the accusation against Polanski of sexual assault.

However, several promotional activities have been canceled following Monnier’s allegation last Friday that Polanski raped her at a ski chalet in Gstaad, Switzerland, in 1975, when she was just 18. Le Parisien newspaper, which published Monnier’s story, said
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Roman Polanski Attorney Denies Woman’s Charge That He Raped Her In 1975

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Roman Polanski Attorney Denies Woman’s Charge That He Raped Her In 1975
Update: Roman Polanski’s French attorney, Hervé Témime, has issued a statement saying that the film director “most firmly contests the accusation of rape” that was raised by Valentine Monnier.

On Friday, Monnier told the French publication Le Parisien that the alleged sexual assault by Polanski was “extremely violent” and that it occurred after a ski run. The alleged incident occured at a chalet in Gstaad, Switzerland in 1975. That nation has a 20-year statute of limitations on rape.

In a letter sent to media, Témime said Polanski “will not participate in the media trial, and me neither.” He added that the allegation stems from “facts that are 45 years old. Never has this accusation been brought to Polanski’s knowledge, and neither to a judicial institution, except for a letter sent to the California prosecutor two years ago, according to Le Parisien.”

Polanski has a new film, An Officer and a Spy,
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Roman Polanski Faces New Rape Allegations Stemming from 1975

Roman Polanski Faces New Rape Allegations Stemming from 1975
Roman Polanski is facing a rape allegation from French Actress Valentine Monnier. Polanski, the director behind movies such as Chinatown and Rosemary's Baby, has been accused of sexually assaulting Monnier in 1975. She recently came forward with her story, deciding that she could no longer stay silent. Monnier recounted the alleged encounter in a French publication. Here's what she had to say.

"In 1975, I was raped by Roman Polanski. I had no connection to him, personal or professional, and barely knew him. This was an extreme act of violence, after we went skiing at his chalet in Gstaad. He hit me, ripped off my clothes until I surrendered, and made me submit to a number of unpleasant acts. I had just turned 18 years old."

This is far from the first time that Roman Polanski has been accused of sexual abuse. The filmmaker was famously charged with the rape of a 13-year-old girl.
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Roman Polanski's 'An Officer and a Spy' to Open Camerimage

Roman Polanski's 'An Officer and a Spy' to Open Camerimage
Roman Polanski's An Officer and a Spy, lensed by his frequent collaborator Pawel Edelman (The Pianist), will open the 27th EnergaCamerimage cinematography festival Nov. 9 in Torun, Poland.

The thriller, based on the novel by Robert Harris, recently received the Silver Lion and the Fipresci Award at the Venice Film Festival. An Officer and a Spy tells the story of Alfred Dreyfus, a French officer wrongly convicted of treason and sentenced to life imprisonment.

The cast includes Jean Dujardin (The Artist), Louis Garrel (The Dreamers) and Emmanuelle Seigner (Venus in Fur).

As previously announced, this year Camerimage will honor ...
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Can you say controversial? ‘Joker’ takes Venice film fest’s top honor, Roman Polanski wins the Grand Jury Prize

The 2019 Venice International Film Festival has come to a close and has announced its award winners. The coveted Golden Lion went to — egads — Todd Phillips‘ “Joker,” a comic-book-inspired origin story of Batman’s arch-nemesis as brought to twisted life by Joaquin Phoenix. But don’t guffaw. The film, partly inspired by Martin Scorsese‘s lonely outsiders in “Taxi Driver” and “The King of Comedy,” currently has a positive Rotten Tomatoes rating of 86% — with much praise aimed at its star’s performance as the Clown Prince of Crime.

However, those critics who gave the dark R-rated movie a thumbs down didn’t hold back in their grousing over this attempt to display the sociopathic instincts that take root in angry urban misfits who are determined to leave their mark. “Time” critic Stephanie Zacharek wrote these damning words: “Phillips may want us to think he’s giving us a movie all about the emptiness of our culture,
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Venice: Roman Polanski’s ‘An Officer and a Spy’ Wins 2019 Fipresci Prize

Venice: Roman Polanski’s ‘An Officer and a Spy’ Wins 2019 Fipresci Prize
The Fipresci (International Federation of Film Critics) has handed out its prize in the 76th Venice International Film Festival’s competition to Roman Polanski’s “An Officer and a Spy,” which wraps its 2019 edition on September 7.

Originally titled “J’accuse,” the French drama about the Dreyfus affair, scripted by Polanski and Robert Harris, is based on Harris’ 2013 novel of the same name. It tells the true story of Georges Picquart, the 19th-century French army officer and Minister of War, as he struggles to expose the truth about the doctored evidence that sent Alfred Dreyfus, a French artillery officer of Jewish ancestry convicted in 1894 of treason, to Devil’s Island. The French penal colony operated in the 19th and 20th century in the Islands of French Guiana, located in South America.

Starring as Georges Picquart is French actor Jean Dujardin, who leaped to international fame with his performance as George Valentin
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Roman Polanski’s ‘An Officer And A Spy’ Warmly Greeted In Venice World Premiere; Director Has On-Screen Cameo

Roman Polanski’s ‘An Officer And A Spy’ Warmly Greeted In Venice World Premiere; Director Has On-Screen Cameo
Update: The biggest talking point ahead of and into the early days of the Venice Film Festival, Roman Polanski’s An Officer And A Spy had its official competition world premiere this evening. Inside the Sala Grande, the film was well-received with a five-minute standing ovation. That’s not a Lido record in this year or others. It is, however, indicative of the division between how certain audiences may accept, or not, a movie whose maker comes with baggage.

From critics, the film has received mixed to solid reviews since it screened for the press this morning. It was warmly-received at a press conference this afternoon, during which the focus was on the movie and the actors rather tha Polanski’s long history as a fugitive from U.
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Venice Film Review: Roman Polanski’s ‘J’Accuse (An Officer and a Spy)’

Venice Film Review: Roman Polanski’s ‘J’Accuse (An Officer and a Spy)’
“I don’t separate the man from the art.” So said Lucrecia Martel, the Argentine filmmaker and president of this year’s Venice Film Festival jury, when asked at a press conference about “J’Accuse (An Officer and a Spy),” the new Roman Polanski film. Martel said she wouldn’t attend a gala dinner in honor of the movie, but staunchly defended the Venice Film Festival’s decision to program it. Nevertheless, what she articulated touched a nerve. In general, I tend to be a die-hard believer in separating the man from the art. But Roman Polanski has made it all but impossible to do so with “An Officer and a Spy.”

The movie, adapted from a 2013 historical novel by Robert Harris, who co-wrote the script with Polanski, is a lavishly scaled, grandly mounted, rigorously true-to-the-facts dramatization of the Dreyfus affair — the fabled and scandalous case, starting in 1894, of the
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‘An Officer and a Spy’ Review: Roman Polanski Is No Emile Zola in This Listless Retelling of the Dreyfus Affair

‘An Officer and a Spy’ Review: Roman Polanski Is No Emile Zola in This Listless Retelling of the Dreyfus Affair
Any controversy that might erupt over Roman Polanski’s decision to implicitly equate himself with one of history’s greatest victims of injustice is dissipated by the resultant film’s tepid listlessness. The filmmaker has scored any number of artistic achievements over the course of his controversial career, but with “An Officer and a Spy” (aka “J’accuse”), he fails to serve as his own Émile Zola.

Zola, of course, helped throw a spotlight on the French government’s cover-up after it unjustly railroaded Jewish army officer Alfred Dreyfus to Devil’s Island following a trumped-up court-martial that incorrectly branded him a spy. In telling the story of how that cover-up was uncovered and investigated, Polanski fails the main requirement of any historical drama: Keep the audience in suspense even when they already know how it comes out.

Polanski knows a thing or two about suspense, as one of the true heirs of Alfred Hitchcock,
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‘An Officer and a Spy’ Producer Says Polanski’s Film ‘Must Be Able to Speak for Itself’

‘An Officer and a Spy’ Producer Says Polanski’s Film ‘Must Be Able to Speak for Itself’
Roman Polanski’s “An Officer and a Spy” has been sparking debate on the Lido since it was announced that it would premiere at the Venice Film Festival. But the movie’s press conference Friday was remarkably drama-free, perhaps in part because Polanski himself, as expected, did not attend.

The film’s producers, including France’s Alain Goldman and Italy’s Luca Barbareschi, and key cast members Jean Dujardin, Louis Garrel and Emmanuelle Seigner received a hearty ovation at the presser Friday afternoon, ahead of the movie’s evening premiere. Barbareschi, who had said he considered pulling the film out of the festival if jury president Lucrecia Martel didn’t clarify her comment that she would “not congratulate” Polanski, seemed placid, if not philosophical. Asked if he feared Martel’s stance could cause prejudice against “An Officer and a Spy” within the jury, Barbareschi said: “The past is the past.
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Roman Polanski Says He Felt Persecuted for Sharon Tate's Murder by the Manson Family

Roman Polanski Says He Felt Persecuted for Sharon Tate's Murder by the Manson Family
Roman Polanski is opening up about the murder of his wife Sharon Tate in 1969 — and the backlash he felt since then.

In press notes for his latest film J’Accuse at the Venice Film Festival, Polanski, 86, said he felt his “image” was affected negatively after the murder of his then-wife Tate, according to The Wrap. The director will not be attending the festival, according to Deadline.

Polanski remains controversial due to a later crime: In 1977, he was arrested for drugging and raping 13-year-old Samantha Geimer. He pleaded guilty to statutory rape but fled to Europe before completing his sentence. His
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Venice 2019. Lineup

Martin EdenThe programme for the 2019 edition of the Venice Film Festival has been unveiled, and includes new films from Olivier Assayas, Robert Guédiguian, Pietro Marcello, and many more.COMPETITIONThe Truth (Hirokazu Kore-eda): About a stormy reunion between a daughter and her actress mother, Catherine, against the backdrop of Catherine’s latest role in a sci-fi picture as a mother who never grows old.The Perfect Candidate (Haifaa Al-Mansour)About Endlessness (Roy Andersson): The film contains a mix of scenes that takes place in the past and present and we meet several historical people, including Prince Ivan the Terrible and Adolf Hitler.Wasp Network (Olivier Assayas): The story of five Cuban political prisoners who had been imprisoned by the United States since the late 1990s on charges of espionage and murder.Marriage Story (Noah Baumbach): A stage director and his actor wife struggle through a gruelling, coast-to-coast
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