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Polanski unveils film in New York... by Skype

Oscar-winning film director Roman Polanski, a fugitive in the United States for having sex with a 13-year-old girl, unveiled a new documentary in New York on Thursday... by Skype. The French-Polish director has never set foot in the United States since fleeing on the eve of his sentencing in 1978 but remains an icon for making some of the world's most daring films. Thursday's event was to unveil an updated and re-released version of the documentary "Weekend of a Champion" -- a profile of Polanski's friend British racing great Jackie Stewart.

Poland disappointed with European ruling over the 1940 Katyn massacre

WARSAW (Reuters) - The European Court of Human Rights ruled on Monday it was incompetent to judge whether Russia's investigation into the 1940 Katyn killings of Polish war prisoners was insufficient. An estimated 22,000 Polish military officers and intellectuals were killed Katyn, western Russia, many of them trucked in from prison camps, shot in the head from behind, and shoved into mass graves.

Europe court condemns Russia over probe into wartime massacre of Poles

European judges on Monday condemned Russia for failing to adequately investigate the 1940 massacre of more than 20,000 Polish prisoners of war, but the ruling provoked sharp reactions from Poland, which said it did not go far enough. The European Court of Human Rights said Russia had "failed to comply with its obligations" under the European Convention on Human Rights, following a complaint by 15 relatives of the victims of the Katyn massacre in 1940.

Europe court condemns Russia over probe into wartime massacre of Poles

European judges on Monday condemned Russia over its probe into the 1940 massacre of more than 20,000 Polish prisoners of war, saying it had failed to adequately investigate the killings. The European Court of Human Rights said Russia had "failed to comply with its obligations" under the European Convention on Human Rights, following a complaint by 15 relatives of the victims of the Katyn massacre in 1940.

Europe court condemns Russia over probe into wartime massacre of Poles

European judges on Monday condemned Russia over its probe into the 1940 massacre of more than 20,000 Polish prisoners of war, saying it had failed to adequately investigate the killings. The European Court of Human Rights said Russia had "failed to comply with its obligations" under the European Convention on Human Rights, following a complaint by 15 relatives of the victims in the Katyn massacre in 1940. mct/emb/txw

Woman who accused Polanski of rape forgives him

Paris, Oct 15 (EFE).- Samantha Geimer, the woman who accused Roman Polanski of rape in the United States, said Tuesday during a presentation of her memoir in Paris that she had forgiven the filmmaker "a long time ago." Geimer, who was 13 years old when the incident occurred in 1977, tells her story in a book called "The Girl: A Life in the Shadow of Roman Polanski," which she says she wrote to tell the truth in her own words.

Polanski sex assault victim tells her story in memoir

The woman sexually assaulted by filmmaker Roman Polanski 36 years ago, when she was a girl of 13, has published her memoir, saying it was time to "take back ownership of my own story." "The Girl: A Life Lived in the Shadow of Roman Polanski," co-written by American Samantha Geimer, now 50, and her lawyer, details her account of the events of March 10, 1977, for which Polanski was initially charged with six felony counts, including rape and sodomy, before he accepted a plea deal.

Poland's Walesa says ready for 'new revolution'

Polish revolutionary leader Lech Walesa, the subject of a biopic by director Andrzej Wajda that premiered in Venice on Friday, said he wanted a new revolution and hoped the film would inspire the young. "Walesa: Man of Hope", shown at the Venice film festival, captures the 69-year-old's evolution from electrician to union boss to legendary protest leader. The backdrop for the story, the rise of Walesa and his Solidarity trade union movement, is a riot-torn 1970s Poland that eventually threw off Soviet-bloc communism.

Roman Polanski book tiptoes around 'Chinatown' director's notorious past

By Diane Garrett LOS ANGELES (TheWrap.com) - When Roman Polanski agreed to collaborate with James Greenberg, the author knew he had a problem: How should he address the "Chinatown" and "Pianist" director's messy personal life in the career retrospective?

Walesa, Poland's flawed hero, given redemption in film

By Adrian Krajewski and Christian Lowe WARSAW (Reuters) - Veteran director Andrzej Wajda has earned an honorary Oscar for his catalogue of powerful movies, but he felt he had one more mission to complete before his long career ends: to tell his story of Poland's anti-Communist icon Lech Walesa. Premiering in a few weeks at the Venice Film Festival, Wajda's film "Walesa. Man of Hope" is the 87-year-old director's attempt to remind the world about the achievements of Walesa, a flawed hero who helped bring an end to the Cold War.
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