Polanski to collect Swiss award. Why?

Polanski to collect Swiss award. Why?


norman lebrecht

September 16, 2011

The BBC reports that Roman Polanski is expected in Zurich next week to collect a lifetime award from the film festival.

Why would he do that? Last time he went to the fest in Zurich, they arrested him and kept him indoors for ten months while the courts chewed over the pros and cons of an ancient US extradition warrant for an unproven offence which may not have ben extraditable at the time under Swiss law. In the end, they let him go home to France, where he has never been under any threat of extradition.

This time, the Swiss say they won’t arrest him.

Polanski is 78. The award is trivial. Why would he want to go back?


  • A. Druce says:

    Just because he can. Is that so hard to understand !!! He is making a point. Good luck to him.