Keyword: Roman Polanski
The Franco-Polish film director has 12 nominations for An Officer And A Spy, but there are also calls to boycott the film.
Feminist activists led fierce criticism of the organisers of France's top cinema awards, the Césars, after director Roman Polanski's latest film An Officer and a Spy was nominated this year for 12 awards, including best director, which one group said amounted to acclaiming 'a child abuser and rapist on the run' in a reference to Polanski's fugitive status in the US from where he fled in 1978 after admitting the statutory rape of a 13-year-old girl.
A premiere in Paris of Roman Polanski's latest film 'An Officer and a Spy' was cancelled after feminist militants blocked the cinema in a protest against the alleged impunity of the France-based director who, wanted in the US since 1978 for the sexual assault of a 13-year-old girl, and publicly accused of several rapes, now faces a fresh allegation that he raped a French actress in 1975.
Valentine Monnier told Le Parisien newspaper that the alleged rape occurred in 1975, when she was 18, at Roman Polanski’s chalet in Gstaad, detailing that 'he pummelled me until I gave in and then raped me, making me do all sorts of things'.
Feminist militants are planning a demonstration against a French cinema institution's tribute on Monday to the lifework of veteran film director Roman Polanski which they have described as 'an affront to all rape victims, and particularly Polanski’s victims' in a reference to US charges against him for raping a 13-year-old girl in 1977 and recent claims that he committed other sexual attacks.
After feminist organisations in France led a campaign of protest against the invitation to the French-Polish director, who is wanted in the US for having sex with a minor in 1977, to preside the annual César cinema awards, the 83-year-old said he was stepping down from the role.
Feminist groups have called for a boycott of the annual César awards ceremony in February over what one said was the 'shameful' decision to honour filmmaker Roman Polanski, 83, who is wanted in the US on charges of raping a 13-year-old girl in Los Angeles in 1977.