Zurich fest fetes Polanski

Director draws lifetime achievement award

The Zurich Film Festival on Tuesday honored Roman Polanski with the lifetime achievement award that he was unable to accept in 2009 due to his arrest by Swiss police in connection with his 1977 U.S. child rape case.

Following the award ceremony, the fest unveiled its surprise movie — the world premiere of Laurent Bouzereau’s documentary “Roman Polanski: A Film Memoir,” produced by his longtime friend Andrew Braunsberg with Anagram Film. In the doc, Polanski recounts his childhood, his career in Europe and the U.S., the tragedy of the murder of his wife Sharon Tate, the controversy surrounding the rape case, and his life today.

Braunsberg also produced Polanski’s “Macbeth,” “What?” and “The Tenant.”

The tribute took place two years after Polanski was taken into custody at Zurich airport in September 2009 at the request of the U.S. Justice Dept. Polanski fled the U.S. in 1978 after pleading guilty to unlawful sexual intercourse with a minor, and faced extradition. The Swiss government rejected the extradition request in July 2010, and released Polanski from house arrest at his home in Gstaad.

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