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article imageRoman Polanski returns to Zurich film festival for award

By Katerina Nikolas     Sep 28, 2011 in Entertainment
Director Roman Polanski has returned to Switzerland to receive the lifetime achievement award from the Zurich Film Festival. It is two years since Polanski was arrested by Swiss police, but he is now able to return as a free man.
Film director Roman Polanski received a standing ovation at the Zurich film festival as he accepted a lifetime achievement award, albeit two years late. As he collected the award it was almost two years to the day since he was arrested by Swiss police at the request of American authorities who called for his extradition. The US was keen to extradite Polanski on 30-year-old charges of having sex with 13-year-old Samantha Geimer.
Business Week reported that as Polanski received his award on stage he had to wait for almost a minute for the applause to die down, allowing him to speak. He laughingly said “What I can say. Better late than never. It's a very moving moment for me."Polanski unveiled a new documentary at the festival: 'Roman Polanski: A Film Memoir.' In the documentary he said that Samantha Geimer “is a double victim: my victim and a victim of the press.” According to the Telegraph, Geimer accepted a pubic apology from Polanski in 2009 and claimed the assault was less traumatic than the subsequent legal battles.
Following his arrest in 2009, Polanski spent several months in a Swiss prison before being released under house arrest in Gstaad. In July 2010 the Swiss refused to extradite Polanski and he was free. Polanski extended his thanks to those who had supported him during the difficult time. The BBC reported he said “I would in particular like to thank the prison staff who tried to make my stay as bearable as possible, including the head of the prison of Zurich.” He added "I love coming to Switzerland, I have been coming for years, and I'm happy to be here."Roman Polanski is best known for his film work which include ‘Rosemary’s Baby,’ ‘Tess,’ and ‘The Tennant,’ and the murder of his wife Sharon Tate in 1969 by the Manson family.
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