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Polanski to come to Zurich for film festival

The organisers of the Zurich Film Festival say director Roman Polanski will attend the festival on September 27 to accept a lifetime achievement award.

The award was intended for the Franco-Polish director two years ago, but Polanski was arrested at Zurich airport on his way to the festival.

He was taken into custody by Swiss police in connection with a 1977 child rape case in the United States. He was finally placed under house arrest in his chalet in Gstaad. He was freed the following July after the Swiss authorities decided not to extradite him.

The Zurich Film Festival said on its website on Thursday that the award honoured Polanski’s outstanding achievements as a filmmaker.

“We are especially proud to welcome Roman Polanski this year to receive his award,” said festival directors Karl Spoerri and Nadja Schildknecht. “We have always been tremendous admirers of his work and we are delighted that we will soon be able to express this to him in person.”

A full-length, non-fiction film will follow the tribute ceremony, but the organisers said they would not disclose the name or any details before the official screening.

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