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Polanski apologises to victim in new documentary

MUMBAI: Directing his apology to Samantha Greimer, the woman he sexually assaulted 33 years ago, Roman Polanski has made a new documentary that had its world premiere Tuesday at the Zurich Film Festival.


"She is a double victim: my victim and a victim of the press," the director says near the end of the documentary Roman Polanski: A Film Memoir.
 
The film, shot while Polanski was under house arrest in Switzerland two years ago awaiting possible extradition, offers little new information not already in the public record.


It is also unlikely to sway anyone on the fence in the Polanski case. The film -- one long, wide-ranging conversation between Polanski and his old friend and colleague, producer Andrew Braunsberg.


The Greimer case takes up only a small portion of the film while the bulk of the film is dedicated to Polanski‘s childhood in German-occupied Poland, including his escape from the Warsaw ghetto and his early life and career.


Polanski chose to use the 2011 Zurich Film Festival as the platform for the world premiere of the documentary, picking the date almost two years to the day when he was arrested en route to a ceremony to receive a lifetime achievement award.

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