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Polanski lands lifetime honour

Organisers will present the Polish-born director with the Golden Eye for his contributions to film at the 27 September (09) ceremony.

He will also take part in a workshop discussing his work, prior to a retrospective of his films during the festival’s annual A Tribute to… series.

Polanski’s featured works will include his cinematic debut, 1962’s Knife in the Water, The Fearless Vampire Killers, Rosemary’s Baby, Chinatown, Frantic, Death & the Maiden and his 2003 hit The Pianist.

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Just last year (08), controversy surrounding the director led discussion at the festival when organisers screened Marina Zenovich’s documentary Roman Polanski: Wanted and Desired – about the moviemaker’s refusal to return to the U.S. since he fled in 1977 after pleading guilty to unlawful sexual intercourse with a 13-year-old girl.

The A Tribute to… series has previously honoured filmmakers including Oliver Stone and Stephen Frears.

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