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The Venice Movie Competition performed host to an uncomfortable scene this weekend, as director and convicted intercourse offender Roman Polanski garnered rapturous applause for his new movie, J’Accuse. (English title: An Officer and a Spy.. Polanski—who fled america a long time in the past and was expelled from the Movement Image Academy in 2018—didn’t obtain the applause in individual, although journalists reportedly cheered co-producer Luca Barbareschi’s assertion that the occasion was “a movie pageant, not an ethical trial.”
Vulture documented the unusual scene, which featured solid member Emmanuelle Seigner (additionally Polanski’s third spouse) and star Louis Garrel sharing nothing however reward for the absent Polanski’s route. Co-star Jean Dujardin reportedly wished all actors “the great fortune of someday working with Polanski;” makes an attempt from journalists to reference Polanski’s legal historical past had been met with each shutdowns from producers and additional applause.
Polanski is alleged to have drugged and raped then-13-year-old Samantha Gailey in 1977 (he was 43 on the time), and was subsequently charged with distributing a managed substance to a minor, perversion, a lewd and lascivious act upon a toddler, sodomy, and rape by use of medicine. He pleaded responsible to illegal sexual activity with a minor, however fled america halfway by way of a 90-day psychiatric analysis for concern of serving additional jail time. He has not returned since, and is alleged to have skipped the J’Accuse premiere in gentle of Italy’s extradition treaty with america.
A number of girls have since come forth alleging Polanski sexually assaulted them. British actress Charlotte Lewis claimed in 2010 that Polanski pressured himself on her when she was 16 years-old (her account was disputed in separate interviews), whereas in 2017 German actress Renate Langer alleged Polanski raped her in 1972, when she was 15 (Polanski declined to remark on the time). Artist Marianne Barnard additionally accused Polanski of sexually molesting her on the age of 10 years-old (Polanski’s lawyer, Harland Braun, denied the allegation). The Academy of Movement Image Arts and Sciences expelled Polanski from their ranks in 2018, after having awarded him a greatest director Oscar for The Pianist in 2003.
As for the movie itself, J’Accuse chronicles the early 20th century “Dreyfus Affair,” wherein Alfred Dreyfus (performed by Garrel within the movie), a Jewish officer within the French Military, was fraudulently convicted of giving army secrets and techniques to the Germans, sentenced to lifetime imprisonment, and banished to a jail island. (He was later exonerated and freed.) Polanski made no secret of parallels to his personal conviction in a latest interview with French author Pascal Bruckner, who known as the allegations “present-day neo-feminist McCarthyism.”
“Within the story, I generally discover moments I’ve skilled myself, I can see the identical dedication to disclaim the info and condemn me for issues I’ve not performed,” Polanski stated within the interview, which was included in official movie notes distributed to press. “Most people who harass me have no idea me and know nothing in regards to the case. . . . I need to admit that I’m accustomed to lots of the workings of the equipment of persecution proven within the movie, and that has clearly impressed me.”