Polanski Returning To Zurich Film Festival

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September 15, 2011 | 2:20pm EST

Director Roman Polanski will return to Switzerland later this month to attend the Zurich Film Festival, two years after he was arrested en route to the annual ceremony on sex charges dating back to 1977.
The Rosemary’s Baby filmmaker, who lives in France, had been on his way to the city to collect an award in 2009 when he was taken into custody by airport officials in Zurich – more than 30 years after he fled America and skipped sentencing on a charge of unlawful sex with a minor.

He subsequently fought extradition to the U.S. and was allowed to walk free following several months of jail time and house arrest at his Swiss chalet, after officials rejected the extradition bid.

Now Polanski is planning to return to the country for the first time since the legal battle ended to collect a lifetime achievement award at the Zurich Film Festival in 2009.

A statement issued by festival organisers and directors Karl Spoerri and Nadja Schildknecht reads: “We are especially proud to welcome Roman Polanski this year to receive his award.”

The ceremony will take place on 27 September.

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