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Polanski skips Swiss movie festival after storm of criticism

Published on Aug 12, 2014 11:01 PM
 
A file photo taken on May 17, 2014 shows French director Roman Polanski posing as he arrives for the screening of the film "Saint-Laurent" at the 67th edition of the Cannes Film Festival in Cannes, southern France. Acclaimed director Polanski announced on August 12, 2014 he would not attend the Locarno film festival in Switzerland in a bid to defuse a growing storm over his appearance. Lauded for his movie-making skills, Polanski is a divisive figure who was detained in Switzerland in 2009 on a US warrant related to a 1970s child sex case. The Franco-Polish director had been invited to the August 6-16 festival -- a magnet for arthouse film buffs -- to present his new work "Venus in Fur" and give a master class. -- PHOTO: AFP 

GENEVA (AFP) - Acclaimed director Roman Polanski announced on Tuesday he would not attend the Locarno film festival in Switzerland in a bid to defuse a growing storm over his appearance.

Lauded for his movie-making skills, Polanski is a divisive figure who was detained in Switzerland in 2009 on a US warrant related to a 1970s child sex case.

The Franco-Polish director had been invited to the August 6-16 festival - a magnet for arthouse film buffs - to present his new work Venus In Fur and give a master class.

It was to have been Polanski's first appearance at Locarno, which he has praised as more artistic and less commercial than the big-name Cannes festival in France.

 
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