Polanski skips Swiss movie festival after storm of criticism
Published on Aug 12, 2014 11:01 PM
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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