Polanski walks out on Cannes conference

20th May 2007, Comments 0 comments

CANNES, France, May 20, 2007 (AFP) - Slamming journalists as unthinking drones, Roman Polanski on Sunday stormed out of the Cannes film festival's biggest media conference -- a gathering of 32 of the world's top directors.

CANNES, France, May 20, 2007 (AFP) - Slamming journalists as unthinking drones, Roman Polanski on Sunday stormed out of the Cannes film festival's biggest media conference -- a gathering of 32 of the world's top directors.

The award-winning Polish-French filmmaker abruptly quit the stage, where he had been sitting with such equally renowned peers as the Coen brothers, Takeshi Kitano and Wong Kar Wai, to show his disgust with the questions being asked.

"This is a rare and unique opportunity to see a gathering of such important directors and it's a shame to have such poor questions," he said as prepared to leave.

"It's the computer that's brought you down," he sneered at the gathered rows of reporters and critics.

"You're not interested in cinema -- you don't even type. You just transfer things from your computer.

"I suggest we go for lunch," he said, and left.

The other directors sat on.

Polanski, 73, won the Cannes Palme d'Or and an Oscar for his 2002 feature "The Pianist."


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SUbject: French news, Cannes Film Festival

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