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Madonna, Clooney films set for Venice fest

Madonna, Clooney films set for Venice fest

VENICE, Italy, July 29 (UPI) -- Features directed by Madonna, Roman Polanski, George Clooney and Stephen Soderbergh are to screen at the Venice Film Festival, organizers said.
Polanski wins big at European Film Awards

Polanski wins big at European Film Awards

TALLINN, Estonia, Dec. 5 (UPI) -- Actor Roman Polanski won six awards at the European Film Awards in Estonia, including best film and best director, officials said.
Polanski attends jazz festival

Polanski attends jazz festival

MONTREUX, Switzerland, July 19 (UPI) -- Filmmaker Roman Polanski was seen making his first public appearance since Swiss officials released him from house arrest last week.
Polanski's victim to D.A.: Drop it

Polanski's victim to D.A.: Drop it

LOS ANGELES, July 13 (UPI) -- The victim in filmmaker Roman Polanski's 1977 rape case is again asking prosecutors in Los Angeles to let the matter go.
D.A. says he hasn't given up on Polanski

D.A. says he hasn't given up on Polanski

LOS ANGELES, July 13 (UPI) -- The Los Angeles District Attorney says he hasn't given up on seeing Roman Polanski sentenced in the United States for a 1977 sex crime.
Swiss deny Polanski extradition

Swiss deny Polanski extradition

BERNE, Switzerland, July 12 (UPI) -- Swiss officials said Monday filmmaker Roman Polanski will not be extradited to the United States to face decades-old child-sex charges.
Swiss say decision on Polanski coming soon

Swiss say decision on Polanski coming soon

LOS ANGELES, July 5 (UPI) -- Swiss justice officials say a decision will be coming soon on whether director Roman Polanski will be sent back to the United States.
Polanski petition circulated in Cannes

Polanski petition circulated in Cannes

CANNES, France, May 16 (UPI) -- Actors, directors and film-goers attending the Cannes Film Festival in France face a dilemma over whether to sign a petition supporting director Roman Polanski.
Actress: Polanski raped me in 1982

Actress: Polanski raped me in 1982

LOS ANGELES, May 14 (UPI) -- British actress Charlotte Lewis says filmmaker Roman Polanski raped her in 1982 in Paris when she was 16, ABC News reported Friday.
Judge blocks Polanski case transcript bid

Judge blocks Polanski case transcript bid

LOS ANGELES, May 11 (UPI) -- A Los Angeles judge has denied filmmaker Roman Polanski's bid to have transcripts from his child-sex case unsealed, court officials said.
Polanski slams U.S. extradition bid

Polanski slams U.S. extradition bid

LOS ANGELES, May 3 (UPI) -- Film director Roman Polanski, who is under house arrest in Switzerland, says the United States wants to extradite him to "serve me on a platter to the media."
Judge: Polanski must attend sentencing

Judge: Polanski must attend sentencing

LOS ANGELES, Jan. 22 (UPI) -- A Los Angeles Superior Court judge says fugitive filmmaker Roman Polanski must be present to be sentenced in his decades-old child sex case.
Court denies Polanski's dismissal bid

Court denies Polanski's dismissal bid

LOS ANGELES, Dec. 21 (UPI) -- A California appeals court Monday denied filmmaker Roman Polanski's lawyers' request to have his 1977 child sex case dismissed.
Polanski asks Calif. court for dismissal

Polanski asks Calif. court for dismissal

LOS ANGELES, Dec. 10 (UPI) -- Filmmaker Roman Polanski, under house arrest in Switzerland, has asked a California appeals court to dismiss his 1977 child sex case.
Polanski begins house arrest in chalet

Polanski begins house arrest in chalet

ZURICH, Switzerland, Dec. 4 (UPI) -- U.S. filmmaker Roman Polanski has been released from a Swiss jail and begun his house arrest in a luxurious chalet in Gstaad, officials said.
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Director Roman Polanski arrives on the red carpet before a tribute to Sigourney Weaver during the Marrakech International Film Festival in Marrakech on November 16, 2008. (UPI Photo/David Silpa)
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Roman Polanski (born 18 August 1933) is a French-Polish film director, producer, writer and actor. Having made films in Poland, Britain, America and France he is considered one of the few "truly international filmmakers."

Born in Paris to Polish parents, he moved with his family back to Poland in 1937, shortly before the outbreak of World War II. He survived the Holocaust and was educated in Poland and became a director of both art house and commercial films. Polanski's first feature-length film, Knife in the Water (1962), made in Poland, was nominated for a United States Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film but was beaten by Federico Fellini's 8½. He has since received five more Oscar nominations, along with two Baftas, four Césars, a Golden Globe Award and the Palme d'Or of the Cannes Film Festival in France. In the United Kingdom he directed three films, beginning with Repulsion (1965). In 1968 he moved to the United States, and cemented his status by directing the Oscar-winning horror film Rosemary's Baby (1968).

In 1969, Polanski's pregnant wife, Sharon Tate, was murdered by members of the Manson Family while staying at Polanski's Benedict Canyon home above Los Angeles. Following Tate's death, Polanski returned to Europe and spent much of his time in Paris and Gstaad, but did not direct another film until Macbeth (1971) in England. The following year he went to Italy to make What? (1973) and subsequently spent the next five years living near Rome. However, he traveled to Hollywood to direct Chinatown (1974). The film was nominated for eleven Academy Awards, and was a critical and box-office success. Polanski's next film, The Tenant (1976), was shot in France, and completed the "Apartment Trilogy", following Repulsion and Rosemary's Baby.

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