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Roman Polanski To Be Among Locarno Film Festival’s Guests of Honor

ROME – Roman Polanski will be among guests of honor at the upcoming Locarno Film Festival where he will hold a master class and introduce a screening of his “Venus in Fur,” with star Emmanuelle Seigner, who is his wife, also on hand.

Polanski’s playful adaptation of the erotic classic will screen on the Swiss fest’s outdoor Piazza Grande venue on August 14. The next day Polanski will receive a prize and hold a class for  students of the Locarno Summer Academy also open to regular festgoers.

“Venus,” which bowed in 2013 at Cannes, is the latest film by the helmer known for “Rosemary’s Baby,” “Chinatown,” and “The Pianist,” among other classics.

“I am sure that the chance to meet a filmmaker so averse to any form of dogmatism will mark one the most powerful events of our recent editions,” said Locarno artistic director Carlo Chatrian in a statement.

Polanski in 2009 was arrested at the request of U.S. authorities while attending the Zurich Film Festival. Swiss authorities subsequently rejected the U.S. extradition request and declared him a “free man” within their jurisdiction.

The 67th edition of the fest located in the Italian-speaking part of Swizterland and dedicated to indie and innovative filmmaking will run August 6- 16.

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