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Mike Fleming

The Roman Polanski-directed Carnage is up with a new trailer. The drama, an adaptation of the hit Broadway play God of Carnage, stars Jodie Foster, Kate Winslet, John C. Reilly and Christoph Waltz. The film opens the New York Film Festival and, obviously, Polanski won’t be there to take the bows.

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Roman Polanski’s ‘Carnage’ To Open New York Film Festival

Roman Polanski’s Carnage will make its North American premiere Sept. 30 as the opening-night film of the 49th New York Film Festival, the event that kicked off The Social Network‘s big awards-season run last year. The film, starring Jodie Foster, Kate Winslet, Christoph Waltz and John C. Reilly, is an adaptation of Yasmina Reza’s Broadway smash God of Carnage, which won the Tony in 2009 at best play — making its New York return a kind of fitting homecoming. The plot revolves around the events of an evening when two Brooklyn couples are brought together after their children are involved in a playground fight. Said Ben Said produced the film; Sony Pictures Classics is releasing it. Of course, it’s a safe bet that the festival, which runs Sept. 30-Oct. 16, won’t have the director of its kickoff film walking the red carpet, as Polanski remains a fugitive in the U.S. after fleeing sentencing following a 1977 conviction for unlawful sex with a minor.

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Sony Classics Gets Roman Polanski’s ‘Carnage’

Mike Fleming

Deadline told you last week that Sony Pictures Classics was wrapping up distribution on Roman Polanski’s adaptation of the Broadway hit God of Carnage. They’ve just announced the deal for the movie, with the abbreviated title Carnage:

NEW YORK (April 14, 2011) – Sony Pictures Classics announced today that they will release Roman Polanski’s new film, CARNAGE, in North America. Polanski penned the script with Yasmina Reza, which is adapted from Reza’s 2009 Tony Award® winning play God of Carnage. CARNAGE is produced by Said Ben Said (THE WITNESSES, THE GIRL ON THE TRAIN) and stars Jodie Foster, Kate Winslet, Christoph Waltz and John C. Reilly. SPC expects an end of year release.

Sony Pictures Classics acquired the film from Said Ben Said and ICM’s Jeff Berg.

Polanski assembled an all-star crew to work on CARNAGE, director of photographer Pawel Edelman (THE GHOST WRITER, RAY, THE PIANIST), production designer Dean Tavoularis (THE NINTH GATE, THE GODFATHER, THE OUTSIDERS), editor Herve de Luze (THE GHOST WRITER, WILD GRASS, TELL NO ONE), costume designer Milena Canonero (DARJEELING LIMITED, MARIE ANTOINETTE, A CLOCKWORK ORANGE) and composer Alberto Iglesias (TALK TO HER, VOLVER, THE CONSTANT GARDENER, THE KITE RUNNER).

Set in contemporary Brooklyn, New York, CARNAGE centers on two pairs of parents one of whose child has hurt the other at a public park, who meet to discuss the matter in a civilized manner. However, as the evening goes on, the parents become increasingly childish, resulting

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Polanski Sweeps European Film Awards

The Ghost Writer has won 6 European Film Academy awards, the European equivalent of the Oscars, this evening in Tallinn, Estonia. Polanski’s thriller won Best European Film, while Polanski picked up Best Director and shared the screenwriting award with co-author Robert Harris. Ewan McGregor won Best Actor, while production design and music were also honored. In an interview this weekend, Harris said the Swiss authorities were so understanding about Polanski’s need to finish editing The Ghost Writer, they moved editing equipment into the prison where he was being held while facing deportation back to the U.S last year. More than 2,300 academy members voted.

directed by Roman Polanski
written by Robert Harris & Roman Polanski produced by Robert Benmussa, Alain Sarde & Roman Polanski

Roman Polanski for THE GHOST WRITER

Sylvie Testud in LOURDES


Robert Harris & Roman Polanski for THE GHOST WRITER


Luc Barnier & Marion Monnier for CARLOS

Albrecht Konrad for THE GHOST WRITER

Alexandre Desplat for THE GHOST WRITER

LEBANON, Israel/Germany/France
written & directed by Samuel Maoz
produced by Moshe Edery, Leon Edery, David Silber, Uri Sabag, Einat Bickel, Benjamina Mirnik & Illan Girard

EUROPEAN FILM ACADEMY DOCUMENTARY – Prix ARTE 2010 NOSTALGIA DE LA LUZ (Nostalgia for the Light), France/Germany/Chile Directed by Patricio Guzmán


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Roman Polanski’s ‘Ghost Writer’ Leads European Film Award Nominations

By | Saturday November 6, 2010 @ 9:17am PDT

Roman Polanski’s thriller has been nominated for 7 European Film Awards including best European film, director, actor (Ewan McGregor), screenwriter, editor, production design and composer. Other leading nominees are Samuel Maoz’s Lebanon with 5 nods and Semih Kaplanoğlu’s Honey with 3. This year’s European Film Awards will take place in Tallinn, Estonia on December 4. The 2,300 members of the European Film Academy will vote for the winners. Michael Haneke’s The White Ribbon won the European film, director and screenwriter awards last year.


BAL (Honey), Turkey/Germany
Directed by Semih Kaplanoğlu
Written by Semih Kaplanoğlu & Orçun Köksal
Produced by Semih Kaplanoğlu & Johannes Rexin

DES HOMMES ET DES DIEUX (Of Gods and Men), France
Directed by Xavier Beauvois
Written by Etienne Comar & Xavier Beauvois

Directed by Roman Polanski
Written by Robert Harris & Roman Polanski
Produced by Robert Benmussa, Alain Sarde & Roman Polanski

LEBANON, Israel/Germany/France
Written and directed by Samuel Maoz
Produced by Moshe Edery, Leon Edery, David Silber, Uri Sabag, Einat Bickel, Benjamina Mirnik & Illan Girard

EL SECRETO DE SUS OJOS (The Secret in their Eyes), Spain/Argentina
Directed by Juan José Campanella
Written by Eduardo Sacheri & Juan José Campanella
Produced by Gerardo Herrero, Mariela Besuievsky & Juan José Campanella

Directed by Fatih Akin
Written by Fatih Akin & Adam Bousdoukos
Produced by Fatih Akin & Klaus Maeck


Olivier Assayas for CARLOS
Semih Kaplanoğlu for BAL (Honey)
Samuel Maoz for LEBANON
Roman Polanski for THE GHOST WRITER
Paolo Virzi for LA PRIMA COSA BELLA (The First Beautiful Thing)


Zrinka Cvitešić in NA PUTU (On the Path)
Sibel Kekilli in DIE FREMDE (When

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John C. Reilly Rounds Out Foursome In Roman Polanski’s ‘God Of Carnage’

Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE:  John C. Reilly will star alongside Jodie Foster, Kate Winslet and Christoph Waltz in God of Carnage, the  Roman Polanski-directed feature adaptation of Yasmina Reza’s Tony-winning play. The play involved two sets of parents who meet after their kids brawl in the schoolyard, and they get along worse than the kids did. Reilly will play Michael, the role originated onstage by James Gandolfini, and Foster plays his wife. Filming begins January in Paris. Reilly, who just wrapped the Miguel Artera-directed Cedar Rapids alongside Sigourney Weaver and Ed Helms, is repped by WME and Framework Entertainment.

Jodie Foster and Kate Winslet To Star In Roman Polanski’s ‘God of Carnage’

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Jodie Foster and Kate Winslet To Star In Roman Polanski’s ‘God Of Carnage’

UPDATE: Christoph Waltz (Inglourious Basterds) will also star in Polanski’s adaptation of Yasmina Reza’s Tony-winning play. I’m told the second male lead isn’t cast yet. Shooting begins in Paris in February for 12 weeks. Although the film is set in Brooklyn, Polanski’s legal troubles mean that he has to shoot in France. The Academy Award-winning director cannot enter the US due to allegations against him for unlawful sexual conduct with a minor in 1977. The film is being co-produced by French producer SBS and Constantin Film of Germany. Said Ben Said of SBS recently produced Reza’s feature directing debut Chicas, which starred Polanski’s wife Emmanuelle Seigner. Jeff Berg of ICM has been packaging the project since Reza first disclosed she was adapting her play with the Academy Award-winning director this summer. I’m told that Pathe and UGC are both vying to be French distributor. God of Carnage tells the story of two sets of parents who meet after their sons are involved in a schoolyard fight. The meeting goes disastrously wrong as each pair attacks the other’s parenting skills before turning on each other about problems in their own marriages. The show ran for 452 performances on Broadway before closing in June. James Gandolfini, Marcia Gay Harden, Jeff Daniels and Hope Davis originally starred. God of Carnage won three Tony awards, including Best Play.

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LA District Attorney Vows To Keep Seeking Polanski’s Extradition If He’s Arrested Again

LOS ANGELES – District Attorney Steve Cooley said today that although Switzerland refused to return Roman Polanski to California for sentencing, extradition will be sought if the fugitive is arrested elsewhere. “I am deeply disappointed that the Swiss authorities denied the request to extradite Roman Polanski,” Cooley said in a prepared statement. “Our office complied fully with all of the factual and legal requirements of the extradition treaty and requests by the U.S. and Swiss Departments of Justice and State.

“We will discuss with the Department of Justice the extradition of Roman Polanski if he’s arrested in a cooperative jurisdiction,” the District Attorney added.

Cooley took issue with a statement that the District Attorney’s Office had failed to file a formal extradition request prior to 2009.

“We only formally request when we are notified by a government that the fugitive is in their country,” Cooley said. “The request was filed immediately by this office after the Swiss notified us of Polanski’s expected arrival at the Zurich film festival in September 2009.”

Failure to extradite Polanski for sentencing is a “disservice to justice and other victims as a whole,” the District Attorney said. “To justify their finding to deny extradition on an issue that is unique to California law regarding conditional examination of a potentially unavailable witness is a rejection of the competency of the California courts. The Swiss could not have found a smaller hook on which to hang their hat.”

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Roman Polanski Freed From House Arrest

Swiss Reject U.S. Extradition Of Polanski

polanski2UPDATE: Roman Polanski is on his way back to France. The AP is reporting from Bern, Switzerland, that the Swiss government declared Oscar-winning film director Roman Polanski a free man today after rejecting a U.S. request to extradite him on a charge of having sex in 1977 with a 13-year-old girl. “Mr. Polanski can now move freely. Since 12:30 today he’s a free man,” Justice Minister Eveline Widmer-Schlumpf declared, after informing authorities in the United States, France and Poland, in addition to Polanski’s lawyer. Polanski was arrested on September 26th as he arrived in Zurich to receive a lifetime achievement award from a film festival. Since December, the director had been held under house arrest at his chalet in the resort of Gstaad.

The Swiss mostly blamed U.S. authorities for failing to provide confidential testimony about Polanski’s sentencing procedure in 1977-1978. The Swiss government said it had sought confidential testimony given on January 26th by Roger Gunson, the Los Angeles attorney in charge of the original prosecution against Polanski. U.S. authorities rejected the request. Widmer-Schlumpf said this decision was not meant to excuse Polanski’s crime, saying the issue was “not about deciding whether he is guilty or not guilty.” The government said extradition had to be rejected “considering the persisting doubts concerning the presentation of the facts of the case.”

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Swiss Reject U.S. Extradition Of Polanski

polanski2The 76-year-old director of The Ghost Writer has been under house arrest in his Swiss chalet since December last year. The US wants him to face sentencing for a case dating back to 1977. The Polish director is wanted in the US over a conviction for unlawful sex with a 13-year-old girl. Switzerland says that Roman Polanksi is now free, and that the US cannot appeal the decision.

Polankski, who was originally charged with six offences including rape and sodomy, pleaded guilty to unlawful sex following a plea bargain. But he fled the US in 1978 before sentencing and has never returned.

He was taken into custody in Switzerland in September last year when he traveled from his home in France to collect a lifetime achievement award at the Zurich Film Festival.

Observers over here wonder why it’s taken the US more than 30 years to revive a case even Polanski’s victim wishes to forget.

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