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Polanski wants to make next movie in Poland

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Nick Hodge 25.06.2014 10:31
Roman Polanski's producer Robert Benmussa held a press conference in Krakow on Tuesday revealing the director's hopes to make his next movie in Poland.

Producer Robert Benmussa (L), Deputy Mayor of Krakow Magdalena Sroka (C) and head of the Polish Film Insitute Agnieszka Odorowicz. Photo: PAP/Jacek Bednarczyk

However, Benmussa stressed that “we need official confirmation that Polanski's status in Poland is completely secure.”

Polanski's post-production on 2010 thriller The Ghost Writer was thrown into disarray when he was arrested in Switzerland after a US request for his extradition concerning a 1978 case of unlawful sexual intercourse with a minor.

Swiss authorities eventally backed out of the extradition, but Polanski remains a wanted man in the US.

His latest movie, which will be partly shot in Paris, where he has lived for most of the last thirty years, explores the Dreyfus Affair, one of the most widely publicised anti-semitic scandals of its day.

Captain Alfred Dreyfus, a Jewish officer in the French army, was wrongly convicted of spying for Germany in 1894.

Benmussa revealed that Polanski hopes to shoot parts of the movie in Poland, besides carrying out post-production there. Following a visit to Krakow's Alvernia Studios, Benmussa confirmed that conditions are suitable for the latter. He will also visit two studios in Warsaw.

Agnieszka Odorowicz, head of the Polish Film Institute (PISF), said at Tuesday's conference that she is keen to back the production.

Likewise, deputy mayor of Krakow Magdalena Sroka confirmed that the Krakow Film Commission would support the movie.

“We are happy and proud that Roman Polanski wants to return to Krakow to make his film,” she said.

Following the 2009 Swiss affair, Polanski returned to Poland once to attend the funeral of fellow film director Janusz Morgenstern.

Fillming of Polanski's Dreyfus Affair movie is scheduled to begin in the spring of 2015. Seasoned Polish cinematographer Pawel Edelman (The Pianist, The Ghost Writer, Carnage) will continue his collaboration with Polanski on the movie.

Source: PAP

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