Friday, October 16, 2009

Photo of the Week and an Update on Polanski

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Roman Polanski finishing post-production on 'The Ghost' from jail

Roman Polanski appears to be trying to finish post-production on his upcoming film, “The Ghost,” from a prison cell in Zurich.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Polanski intends to deliver the finished film in time for its planned premiere at the Berlin International Film Festival in February.

"The film will be finished," Henning Molfenter, head of production at Studio Babelsberg and a co-producer on "The Ghost" told The Hollywood Reporter. "We will meet all our deadlines and all of our obligations with distributors."

Polanski had already delivered a rough cut of the film, an adaptation of the Robert Harris bestseller, before his arrest in Zurich last month on a warrant stemming his flight from the United States thirty-one years ago.

Post-production has continued as the director continues to fight extradition to the United States. While Polanski's contact with the outside world is limited, it is believed he is able to communicate via telephone with editor Herve du Luze and others involved with the project.

"We are aware of the film and we look forward to seeing the finished product," said the Berlin Festival's head of press Frauke Greiner.

"The Ghost" is the story of a fictitious, former British Prime Minister, played by Pierce Brosnan, who is accused of war crimes. Ewan McGregor plays a ghostwriter who uncovers his dark secret after he is hired to complete the Prime Minister's memoirs.

Polanski himself has always been a controversial figure. His films stir up heated debate, from his first feature, "Knife in the Water," in 1963, was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film, but was also a dark, unsettling film. "Dark and unsettling" describe a lot of Polanski's films. "Repulsion," made in England in 1965, is a psychologoical horror film with dark, sexual overtones. His Hollywood films, including the Academy Award winning "Chinatown," are not noticeably lighter. He is a Holocaust survivor and the widower of actress Sharon Tate, who was brutally slaughtered by followers of Charles Manson when she was nearly nine months pregnant with Polanski's child. Polanski’s arrest has stirred up strong feelings on both sides of the Atlantic. International luminaries in the film and arts communities have lobbied for his release, while others have argued he should face justice for his crime.

If Polanski is extradited to the U.S., it will be the first time he has been on American soil since the seventies. Swiss authorities arrested Polanski on a U.S. warrant stemming from his 1977 charge of having unlawful sex with a 13 year-old girl. The director fled the U.S. in 1978, fearing the judge was going to toss out a plea bargain and sentence him to prison time, rather than probation. He has remained in France every since, refusing even to fly to L.A. to receive his best director Oscar for "The Pianist" in 2003.

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