Toronto International Film Festival 2012—Part 7
By Joanne Laurier, October 12, 2012
Julian Assange’s early life is fictionalized by Australian director Robert Connolly, while documentarian Marina Zenovich offers the latest installment in the Roman Polanski saga.
By Joanne Laurier, February 10, 2012
In New York City, cordiality turns to anger and chaos when two sets of parents meet to discuss an altercation between their 11-year-old sons.
By David Walsh, December 31, 2010
WSWS writers select their favorite films of the year.
“Justice had nothing to do with it”
By David Walsh, July 30, 2010
Swiss authorities announced July 12 that 76-year-old filmmaker Roman Polanski would not be extradited to the US. Polanski was arrested September 26, 2009 on his arrival in Zurich to attend a film festival. He remained under house arrest at his chalet in Gstaad until the Swiss justice ministry rendered its recent decision.
July 17, 2010
A selection of recent letters to the World Socialist Web Site.
By David Walsh, July 13, 2010
The Swiss decision not to extradite Roman Polanski is a blow to the Los Angeles District Attorney’s office and the US Justice Department, whose vindictive, politically-motivated campaign against the filmmaker has now come apart.
By Hiram Lee, May 4, 2010
Roman Polanski issued a statement on Tuesday denouncing the efforts of US authorities to return him to the US for sentencing.
Court denies filmmaker’s appeal
By David Walsh, April 24, 2010
On Thursday a California appeals court denied an appeal by filmmaker Roman Polanski to be sentenced in absentia for having sex with an underage girl in 1977. This opens the door to Polanski’s possible extradition to the US to face sentencing in person.
By Hiram Lee, March 20, 2010
An appeal filed by attorneys for Roman Polanski reveals new details regarding judicial misconduct in his 1977 case. It is now known that the presiding judge admitted to misconduct, and that the district attorney's office refused to have him removed.
By David Walsh, March 5, 2010
The Ghost Writer centers on a British writer who makes his living writing about other people’s lives in their name. He is hired by a major US publishing firm to work up the memoirs of a former British prime minister.
60th Berlin International Film Festival—Part 1
By Stefan Steinberg, February 24, 2010
There was a dearth of substantial social and political films at the Berlinale, despite the biggest economic crisis since the 1930s. Nevertheless, a small number of the works on view made an attempt to come to grips with a rapidly changing situation.
By Hiram Lee, December 23, 2009
A California appeals court has denied Roman Polanski’s request that his case be dismissed. The written decision of the court leaves several legal options open to the director, and urges an investigation into judicial misconduct in his previous court proceedings.