Global Market Data
Global News Journal
Pakistan: Now or Never?
Front Row Washington
The Great Debate
Personal Finance Video
Life & Culture
UBS $2 billion rogue trade suspect held in London
Scarlett Johansson naked pictures leaked on Web
14 Sep 2011
Nude Scarlett Johansson Photos Pop Up Online -- FBI's Hot on the Trail
14 Sep 2011
Nicolas Cage awoken by naked man with Fudgesicle
14 Sep 2011
Muammar Gaddafi in Libya, readying forces: spokesman
14 Sep 2011
Al Gore in 24-hour broadcast to convert climate skeptics
Number of poor hit record 46 million in 2010
Obama confronts jobs ”crisis” with $447 billion plan
Scarlett's naked pics, Tyler Perry is highest paid
Wed, Sep 14 2011
Crowd lifts burning car, saves motorcycle crash victim
Tue, Sep 13 2011
Buenos Aires Fashion week sizzles
Mon, Aug 22 2011
Polanski to collect award two years after arrest
Russian film "Faust" takes top prize in Venice
Sat, Sep 10 2011
Le Carre, Clooney, Carnage contest Venice film prize
Tue, Sep 6 2011
Madonna, Polanski films vie for Venice limelight
Thu, Sep 1 2011
Clooney explores dirty politics in Venice film
Wed, Aug 31 2011
Clooney kicks off star-powered Venice film fest
Tue, Aug 30 2011
Analysis & Opinion
“Ides of March” stars play politics, or not, at TIFF
Switzerland ties itself to euro mast
Director Roman Polanski reacts during a news conference to present his musical 'Tanz der Vampire' ('Dance of the Vampires') in Oberhausen September 29, 2008.
Credit: Reuters/Ina Fassbender
Thu Sep 15, 2011 8:14am EDT
ZURICH (Reuters) - Director Roman Polanski is to collect an award from the Zurich Film Festival intended for him in 2009, when he was arrested en route to the ceremony on charges related to a sex crime more than 30 years ago, organizers said on Thursday.
The Oscar-winning director, who holds dual French and Polish citizenship, was arrested at the request of the United States when he flew into Switzerland on September 26, 2009, when he was due to pick up a lifetime achievement award.
The tribute ceremony will be followed by the world premiere of a non-fiction film, but no further details will be released before the official screening on September 27, organizers said in a statement.
"We are especially proud to welcome Roman Polanski this year to receive his award," directors Karl Spoerri and Nadja Schildknecht said in a statement.
"We have always been tremendous admirers of his work and we are delighted that we will soon be able to express this to him in person."
Polanski, who directed films such as "Chinatown" and "Rosemary's Baby," pleaded guilty to having sex with a 13-year-old girl after a binge of champagne and drugs.
But he fled the United States on the eve of his 1978 sentencing because he believed a judge might put him in jail for 50 years.
His arrest in Switzerland in 2009 prompted an outcry in the global film industry and in political circles in France, where he has been a long-time resident, with directors from Woody Allen to Martin Scorsese and Jean-Luc Godard expressing support for the Polish-French artist.
Polanski, who won a best director Oscar for his portrait of life in the Warsaw Jewish ghetto of World War Two in "The Pianist," spent two months in a Swiss jail in the autumn of 2009 and was then placed under house arrest at his chalet in the upmarket Swiss ski resort of Gstaad.
In July 2010 Swiss authorities said they would not extradite the 78-year-old to the United States, because of potential technical faults in the U.S. request.
(Reporting by Catherine Bosley; Editing by Stephanie Nebehay and Paul Casciato)
Entertainment News From the Wrap
Ratings: NBC Scores with New 'Up All Night'
Viewership falls for other new show, "Free Agents"
Polanski to Return to Zurich Film Festival, 2 Years After Arrest
Director was on his way to accept award when he was caught by Swiss police
The Annals of the Interactive Emmy on its 10th Anniversary
Lost amid the old-school rituals of last Saturday’s Creative Arts Emmys was a tiny signpost of change, an Emmy for Outstanding Creative Achievement in Interactive Media
Michael Moore, Elisabeth Hasselbeck Tangle Over Osama Bin Laden (Video)
"The View" co-host Elisabeth Hasselbeck is outraged by Michael Moore's assertion that Osama bin Laden should have been put on trial
We welcome comments that advance the story through relevant opinion, anecdotes, links and data. If you see a comment that you believe is irrelevant or inappropriate, you can flag it to our editors by using the report abuse links. Views expressed in the comments do not represent those of Reuters. For more information on our comment policy, see http://blogs.reuters.com/fulldisclosure/2010/09/27/toward-a-more-thoughtful-conversation-on-stories/
Be the first to comment on reuters.com.
Add yours using the box above.
Social Stream (What's this?)
Back to top
New York Legal
Support & Contact
Advertise With Us
Connect with Reuters
Our Flagship financial information platform incorporating Reuters Insider
An ultra-low latency infrastructure for electronic trading and data distribution
A connected approach to governance, risk and compliance
Our next generation legal research platform
Our global tax workstation
About Thomson Reuters
Thomson Reuters is the world's largest international multimedia news agency, providing investing news, world news, business news, technology news, headline news, small business news, news alerts, personal finance, stock market, and mutual funds information available on Reuters.com, video, mobile, and interactive television platforms. Thomson Reuters journalists are subject to an Editorial Handbook which requires fair presentation and disclosure of relevant interests.
NYSE and AMEX quotes delayed by at least 20 minutes. Nasdaq delayed by at least 15 minutes. For a complete list of exchanges and delays, please click here.