'Ghost Writer' will bow at fest without helmer

Roman Polanski, under house arrest in Switzerland, will not go to the Berlin Film Festival to present his latest film, “The Ghost Writer,” according to Berlinale head Dieter Kosslick.

Kosslick said he had talked on the phone with Polanski, who is fighting extradition to face U.S. sentencing over a 1977 case

of unlawful sex with a 13-year-old girl.

“He won’t be coming,” Kosslick said on Friday. “And there won’t be any videotaped message. He thanked me on the phone for picking his film.”

Fest runs Feb. 11-21.

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