Polanksi documentary to get update after arrest: director

13th May 2010, Comments 0 comments

The director of a documentary on Roman Polanski said Thursday she was making a follow-up that focuses on the Oscar-winner's fight against extradition to the United States on child sex charges.

"I started work on it before he got arrested" when he arrived at a Swiss film festival last September, said Marina Zenovich. "Then when he got arrested out of the blue it all got much bigger."

"I'll follow the story to the end," she told AFP by telephone from her base in the United States.

Zenovich's 2008 film "Roman Polanski: Wanted and Desired" offered a sympathetic view of the French-Polish director who fled the United States in 1978 to avoid being jailed for having intercourse with a 13-year-old girl.

She said she was editing her new film as she shoots so that it will be ready once Polanski's fate is decided.

Polanski is under house arrest in Switzerland pending Swiss authorities' decision on whether he should be sent back to the United States to face a trial over the case dating back to 1977.

He is alleged to have given 13-year-old Samantha Geimer champagne and drugs during a photo shoot at the Hollywood Hills home of actor friend Jack Nicholson before having sex with her despite her protests.

Polanski says that the efforts to bring him back to the United States would cause further upset to the victim, who has publicly forgiven him after an out-of-court settlement.

Several filmmakers screening at this week's Cannes film festival signed a petition released Tuesday in support of Roman Polanski. They include Jean-Luc Godard, Bertrand Tavernier, Olivier Assayas and Patricio Guzman.

© 2010 AFP

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