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Grand Opening of the Polish Film Festival

Roman Polanski: A Film Memoir, 2011, United Kingdom, 94 min.

Wednesday, November 6, 7:00 pm
Reception at the George Eastman House following the screening (by invitation only.)
Dryden Theatre at George Eastman House, 900 East Avenue, Rochester, NY 14607

The documentary ROMAN POLANSKI: A FILM MEMOIR tells the extraordinary story of Roman Polanski’s life, beginning with his childhood in the Kraków ghetto, his first films in Poland, the move to Paris, his career in Europe and America, crowned with an Oscar for THE PIANIST, the tragedy of the murder of his pregnant wife Sharon Tate in Los Angeles, the controversy surrounding his arrest in 1977, through to his work and life today in France with his wife Emmanuelle Seigner. The conversations were recorded during Roman Polanski’s stay in his home in Gstaad where he was under house arrest for several months after he was apprehended on his way to the Zurich Film Festival in 2009.

The conversations are illustrated with excerpts from Polanski’s films, news footage, press clippings, private and exclusive photos, including startling, never-before-seen photographs of the young Polanski (as a boy and as a film student) and documents chronicling the filmmaker’s extraordinary life.