Roman Polanski Risks Arrest at Film Festival in PolandPosted: September 13, 2013
GDYNIA, Poland — Director Roman Polanski has risked arrest and extradition to the U.S. by attending a film festival in Poland. Polanski, who fled the U.S. in 1977 after pleading guilty to sex with a 13-year-old girl, is at the Gdynia Film Festival to deliver a masterclass for film school students and present a screening of his film “Venus in Fur.” He arrived late Thursday. Both events are on Friday.
Polanski, who lives in France and is a French citizen, was arrested when he traveled to the Zurich Film Festival in Switzerland in 2009. After a lengthy period under house-arrest at his chalet in Gstaad he was freed after the U.S. authorities failed to extradite him.
Polanski, who was born in France but educated in Poland, visited the country in 2011 for a friend’s funeral.
Photo above was taken on August 27 in Paris, France.