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Fugitive director Roman Polanski wants to make Dreyfus Affair film in Poland

Published on Jun 27, 2014 1:47 PM
French director Roman Polanski poses as he arrives for the screening of the film Saint-Laurent at the 67th edition of the Cannes Film Festival in Cannes, southern France, on May 17, 2014. -- PHOTO: AFP

WARSAW (Reuters) - Roman Polanski wants to shoot a movie in his native Poland about the 19th-century Dreyfus Affair if the director gets assurances that he will have no legal problems stemming from a 1977 sex crime conviction in the United States, associates said.

Polanski, 80, spent part of his childhood in the Polish city of Krakow, where he aims to film, until it was occupied by Nazi German forces.

He escaped Krakow's Jewish ghetto but his mother died in the nearby Auschwitz concentration camp. After World War II, he returned to Krakow, and later emigrated.

"Roman Polanski is considering filming in Poland about the Dreyfus Affair," Jerzy Stachowicz, Polanski's Polish attorney, told Reuters, referring to the 19th-century case of French military officer Alfred Dreyfus.

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