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30 September 2009 @ 06:04 pm
France backing down + Directors Not Signing Petitions  
French drop Polanski release call

The French government has dropped its public support for Roman Polanski, saying the 76-year-old director "is neither above nor beneath the law". The move follows a backlash against a campaign for Polanski's release, with several leading European politicians and cultural figures refusing to join. He is being held in Switzerland on a US arrest warrant over his conviction for unlawful sex with a 13-year-old girl. On Monday, the French foreign minister called for Polanski to be freed. Polanski, who has dual French and Polish citizenship, was arrested on Saturday when he flew into the country. He had been due to pick up a lifetime achievement prize at the Zurich film festival.

'Serious affair'

Speaking to reporters, French government spokesman Luc Chatel said: "We have a judicial procedure under way, for a serious affair, the rape of a minor, on which the American and Swiss legal systems are doing their job." Polish Foreign Minister Radoslaw Sikorski and his French counterpart Bernard Kouchner have written to US Secretary of State Hilary Clinton calling for Polanski to be freed. But the Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk has distanced himself from the move by asking his ministers to show "greater restraint" in defending him. He added that despite a "leading Polish director" being involved, it is still a "case of rape and of punishment for having sex with a child".

A member of the British parliament has called on the Council of Europe, of which he is also a member, to support Polanski's extradition to the US. Denis MacShane said the film-maker "should be held accountable" for his actions. French film-maker Luc Besson, who directed the 1994 movie Leon, has also refused to lend his support. Speaking to French radio station RTL, he said: "I have a lot of affection for him, he is a man that I like very much ... but nobody should be above the law. I don't know the details of this case, but I think that when you don't show up for trial, you are taking a risk."

Despite that, Mr Polanski has no shortage of supporters, including at least 110 film industry figures who have signed a petition calling for his release. Among them are Martin Scorsese, Woody Allen and David Lynch, as well as Wim Wenders, Pedro Almodovar, Tilda Swinton and Monica Bellucci. Actor Peter Fonda said he thought "celebrating the arrest of Osama bin Laden and not the arrest of Polanski" was far more important.

Mr Polanski fled the US in 1978 before he was sentenced on a charge of unlawful sexual intercourse with a 13-year-old girl. He has never returned and even missed receiving an Oscar for his 2003 film The Pianist.

Source

These directors haven't signed Harvey Weinstein's petition, according to the latest Polanski-ONTD post. (Doesn't mean they won't, but hope springs eternal.)

Tim Burton
Peter Jackson (YES!!!!)
Steven Spielberg (YES!!!!)
Robert Zemeckis
George Lucas (YES!!!!)
Christopher Nolan
Brad Bird
Edgar Wright

Actors/Writers Anti-Polanski

Luc Besson
Greg Gunberg
Noel Clarke
Paul Cornell
Kevin Smith
Seth Meyers
Kirsti Alley
 
 
 
Marinajavabreeze on September 30th, 2009 10:15 pm (UTC)
I am so glad there are more actors/directors who are anti-Polanski. It makes me so happy that Jackson, Nolan, Zemeckis, Spielberg, Burton and Lucas refused to sign. :D

Edited at 2009-09-30 10:15 pm (UTC)
madeellymadeelly on September 30th, 2009 10:30 pm (UTC)
I don't know. I think the US should just leave Polanski alone.

Does that mean I think sex with underage girls is okay? No, I don't. But I think that it's really not the government's business. Say you have a fifteen year old girl and a nineteen year old boy. Or even a fourteen year old boy and an eighteen year old girl. Whose fault is that? It's not up to the government to decide personal issues. It's an invasion of civil liberties. It's creepy what he did, but he shouldn't be arrested for it.

Plus, isn't there a statute of limitations on this?

I also think that the Swiss were not expecting that the first thing the US would do after that tax fraud bill was passed would be to arrest Polanski. It seems like a real abuse of what the bill was for.

ILY Kevin Smith, but I disagree with you this time.
Flying Mint Bunnyharo on September 30th, 2009 10:34 pm (UTC)
Um. It wasn't sex. It was rape.
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Flying Mint Bunnyharo on September 30th, 2009 10:35 pm (UTC)
Honestly, MOST of my favorite directors are on the did-not-sign list. That is awesome. Yay for them.

Eeeeh, Brad Bird.
Salienne de Lioncourtsalienne on September 30th, 2009 10:57 pm (UTC)
God, I don't understand how people can stick up for this man.

Yes, he made some good art.

He also drugged and raped a 13-year-old girl and feels absolutely no remorse for this fact, and he has implied that he has done similar things in the past.

Disgusting.
demented & sad, but socialpapilio_luna on September 30th, 2009 11:10 pm (UTC)
Edgar Wright!


(Sorry, had to be done)

Also! Paul Cornell! and Noel Clarke!

This whole disgusting pile of massive fail just makes me want to vom, but good on these folks for not giving in to industry peer pressure.

Edited at 2009-09-30 11:12 pm (UTC)
gowdiegowdie on September 30th, 2009 11:20 pm (UTC)
Okay! So until Osama bin Laden is caught, kiddie rapists get a pass. What the fuck, Peter Fonda? What the fuck?
Arabianarabian on September 30th, 2009 11:22 pm (UTC)
I KNOW!
Maura!: & pol: hot and qualifiedfujiidom on October 1st, 2009 12:07 am (UTC)
ILU KEVIN SMITH AND SETH MEYERS. ILU, FOREVER.
Larissa: StarTrek_logicalfacelarissa_j on October 1st, 2009 12:27 am (UTC)
Perhaps my migraine will go away now? Nice to see some common sense and decency prevailing.
aroniwen on October 1st, 2009 02:47 am (UTC)
Yay Noel Clarke!!!

*has no icon*
Sylvikefishsanwitt on October 3rd, 2009 01:18 am (UTC)
I don't know about any of the others - but I read Luc Besson's statement and I don't think he's 'anti-Polanski' so much as 'pro-justice'.

I'm heartened to see that Peter Jackson hasn't signed that stupid petition. I hope no-one else does.
Arabianarabian on October 3rd, 2009 03:36 pm (UTC)
Regardless, that is actually an almost greater stance. Despite how much he cares for the man, he is still choosing to put justice above the man.
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Arabian: Little Boy Bluearabian on October 3rd, 2009 03:36 pm (UTC)
Lynch and Neil Jordan break my heart.
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