Earlier this month (Dec09), the Rosemary’s Baby director was transferred to his holiday home from a Swiss jail after more than 60 days in detention.
Swiss government officials revealed on Wednesday (16Dec09) that Polanski will have to wait until in January (10) to find out whether he will be sent back to Los Angeles – where he is wanted for sentencing after pleading guilty to have having sex with a 13-year-old girl in 1977.
Polanski has lived in exile in Europe ever since he fled America in 1978.
However, French philosopher Bernard-Henri Levy, a friend of the 76-year-old director, says Polanski is working while the extradition request hangs over him.
Levy tells the Lausanne-based weekly Le Matin Dimanche he visited Polanski in his chalet in the luxury Swiss resort of Gstaad earlier this month (Dec09), and insists the director is like “a rock”.
He adds: “It’s in fact very impressive. He is in the process of finishing at a distance the editing of his next film, which I understand will be in the official selection at the next Berlin Festival.”
Polanski wears an electronic monitoring bracelet around his ankle to prevent him from leaving the grounds of the chalet. He is able to receive guests inside or outside the house, work on his films, make telephone calls and send e-mails.