Roman Polanski was guest of Polish cultural minister at film festival

Director Roman Polanski was not at risk of arrest and extradition to the U.S. when he flew to Poland to attend a film festival on Thursday (12Sep13) because he had been personally invited by the country’s Minister of Culture, according to reports. The reclusive Chinatown moviemaker is still considered a wanted man by American authorities after fleeing to Europe in the late 1970s, a day before he was due to be sentenced after pleading guilty to having unlawful sex with a minor.
He has lived in France for over three decades, but his freedom came under attack in 2009 when he was arrested in Switzerland and threatened with extradition back to the U.S.
Polanski was eventually released and allowed to return to France, but his presence at the 38th Gdynia Film Festival last week (ends13Sep13) sparked questions about whether he would be taken into custody once again as the Polish government has an extradition treaty in place with the U.S.
However, according to The Hollywood Reporter, Polanski was in no such trouble as Poland’s culture minister Bogdan Zdrojewski had personally invited the director to attend. They shared the stage with festival jury president Janusz Glowacki on Saturday (14Sep13) for the event’s closing ceremony, as they presented the Golden Lion to Pawel Pawlikowski for his film, Ida.