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Venice Chief Alberto Barbera Defends Lack of Women Directors, Roman Polanski Inclusion in Lineup

Venice Chief Alberto Barbera Defends Lack of Women Directors, Roman Polanski Inclusion in Lineup
Director Roman Polanski may not be welcome in many places, but Venice is not one of them. His new film, An Officer and a Spy, about the Dreyfus affair, will compete in the 76th edition of the world’s oldest film festival.

Based on the book by Robert Harris, the film follows Jewish military officer Alfred Dreyfus, who is wrongfully convicted of treason and sentenced to life imprisonment. Polanski penned the script with Harris. The pic stars Emmanuelle Seigner, Louis Garrel and Jean Dujardin.

New assault accusations have surfaced against Polanski in the past few years, following the notorious 1977 Los Angeles ...
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Venice Film Festival Smiles On Awards Hopefuls, Readies For Stars… & Strife?

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Venice Film Festival Smiles On Awards Hopefuls, Readies For Stars… & Strife?
Over the past few years, the Venice Film Festival has become a magnet for awards-season hopefuls, having hosted world premieres of three of the past five Best Picture Oscar winners. This year again, there is no shortage of big-ticket titles that we’re likely to be talking about for the next six months. In what’s beginning to look like another recurring theme, fest chief Alberto Barbera has shown he is not one to shy away from controversy.

After becoming the first major fest boss to embrace Netflix back in 2015, he is already facing criticism from European cinema groups for putting three of the streamer’s movies in the lineup that was announced today. The fest also has a pretty lousy track record with female directors. While Barbera did increase the number of women in competition by 100%, that means there are two this year versus one last year. And, sure
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Venice 2019 line-up includes 'Joker', 'Ad Astra', Roman Polanski’s 'J’Accuse'

Venice 2019 line-up includes 'Joker', 'Ad Astra', Roman Polanski’s 'J’Accuse'
There are only two films by female directors in competition.

The line-up of the 76th Venice Film Festival (August 28 – September 7) has been announced.

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This year features some high-profile projects including Todd Phillips’ Joker and James Gray’s Ad Astra, a lack of female directors in competition once again, and the controversial selection of Roman Polanski’s latest film.

Australian title Babyteeth, from first-time director Shannon Murphy, and Saudi filmmaker Haifaa Al-Mansour’s The Perfect Candidate are the two films in the 21-strong competition from female filmmakers. Last year festival chief Alberto Barbera was heavily
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How Tarantino Dealt with Roman Polanski in Making Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

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How Tarantino Dealt with Roman Polanski in Making Once Upon a Time in Hollywood
Roman Polanski reached out to Quentin Tarantino over the Once Upon a Time in Hollywood story. Tarantino has Polish actor Rafal Zawierucha portraying Polanski in the movie and the director has deep ties to the story, which has now become a piece of history. Tarantino had to be careful while approaching the subject and he was well aware of that factor when writing the movie since the impact of the Sharon Tate murder by the Manson Family is still being felt today.

Sharon Tate was murdered by the Manson Family in 1969 while she was pregnant with the child of Roman Polanski. The story is one of the many that will be addressed in some fashion in Once Upon a Time in Hollywood. When asked about Polanski, Quentin Tarantino had a lot to say. He explains.

"What happened was... look, when it comes to Roman Polanski we're talking about a tragedy
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Roman Polanski Contacted Tarantino With Questions About ‘Once Upon a Time in Hollywood’

Roman Polanski Contacted Tarantino With Questions About ‘Once Upon a Time in Hollywood’
Quentin Tarantino revealed at the Cannes Film Festival that he never reached out to Roman Polanski during the writing and production of “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood,” in which the controversial “Rosemary’s Baby” director appears briefly as a character opposite Margot Robbie’s Sharon Tate. Polanski and Tate were married at the time of her murder in August 1969. Tate was also pregnant with their first child.

In a new interview with Deadline, Tarantino expanded on why reaching out to Polanski ahead of time was not a priority.

“Look, when it comes to Roman Polanski we’re talking about a tragedy that would be unfathomable for most human beings,” Tarantino said. “I mean there’s Sharon, there’s his unborn son that literally lived without ever being born. That’s just a crazy sentence even to say. I felt that the story of her death, and the Manson tragedy had moved into legit history.
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Venice Film Festival: Is ‘Joker’ On The Cards? Early Speculation Swells For 2019 Edition

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Venice Film Festival: Is ‘Joker’ On The Cards? Early Speculation Swells For 2019 Edition
Exclusive: With Cannes in the rear-view mirror, film industry attention is now turning to the autumn festivals and what titles are shaping up as the ones we’ll be talking about throughout awards season. Having steadily cemented its status as the go-to fall launchpad for awards hopefuls, including three of the last five Best Picture Oscar winners, the Venice Film Festival is currently putting together its 2019 lineup, with the highly-anticipated reveal set for July 25.

From Joker to Roman Polanski to The Irishman and Ad Astra, chatter is increasing over what may or may not show up on the Lido from August 28-September 7.

Premiering a comic book movie at a major film festival would be a bold move, but we hear that Joker is sitting out ComicCon in favor of a fall springboard which just might be Venice. Warner Bros unveiled footage of the Todd Phillips-directed DC origins story at
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Peter Bart: The Roman Polanski Presence Still Looms Large In Hollywood Despite Academy Censure & Distributor Resistance

Peter Bart: The Roman Polanski Presence Still Looms Large In Hollywood Despite Academy Censure & Distributor Resistance
The mere mention of Roman Polanski’s name sparks argument in many arenas, but here’s a reality check: The Polanski presence is not about to disappear.

A case in point: At a moment when anti-Semitism is on the rise around the world, Polanski’s latest film, An Officer and a Spy, will be receiving major attention as a historical depiction of that hateful movement. Those who are seeking to block its release in the U.S. will encounter an emotional opposition.

That’s because the Polanski presence remains with us on many levels. As an influential player in the Hollywood of 1969, Polanski is portrayed by a young Polish actor in Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, Quentin Tarantino’s new movie starring Brad Pitt and Leonardo DiCaprio. Some insiders who saw the film at Cannes already have registered their surprise and distress. Polanski’s wife, actress Emmanuelle Seigner, declared
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Tarantino's Once Upon a Time Leaves Bruce Lee's Daughter Feeling Annoyed

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Tarantino's Once Upon a Time Leaves Bruce Lee's Daughter Feeling Annoyed
Shannon Lee is "annoyed" Quentin Tarantino didn't reach out to her before using her father's likeness in Once Upon a Time in Hollywood. She is the gatekeeper of his estate. And over the years, she has shot down many projects and is fiercely protective when it comes to her father's legacy, which is understandable. However, she does have a reputation in the entertainment industry of sometimes being a bit too overprotective, which she is aware of.

The trailer for Once Upon a Time features Mike Moh as martial arts legend Bruce Lee fighting with Brad Pitt's Cliff Booth. It was a shock for Shannon Lee to see because Quentin Tarantino did not reach out to her for permission. She says that she found it "interesting" to use her father's likeness in the trailer. Lee had this to say about how she may have gone about it if they had officially asked permission.
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Bruce Lee’s Daughter Annoyed Tarantino Didn’t Reach Out About Featuring Him in ‘Hollywood’

Bruce Lee’s Daughter Annoyed Tarantino Didn’t Reach Out About Featuring Him in ‘Hollywood’
Shannon Lee, daughter of acting and martial arts legend Bruce Lee, has revealed to Deadline that Quentin Tarantino never reached out to contact her before or during the making of his latest film, “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood.” The 1969-set feature stars Mike Moh (“Marvel’s Inhumans”) as Bruce Lee, who plays a key role in the film alongside main characters Rick Dalton (Leonardo DiCaprio), Cliff Booth (Brad Pitt), and Sharon Tate (Margot Robbie). Shannon Lee is in charge of her father’s estate.

“In these instances, there are a lot of different ways you can go,” Lee said. “If they contacted me, I could be completely unreasonable and a pain in the ass and make all kinds of ridiculous demands — but they don’t know that I’m not going to do that. A lot of times, the best practice is ‘we’ll just stay away from that
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Roman Polanski's Wife Criticizes Quentin Tarantino's Once Upon A Time In Hollywood

Quentin Tarantino’s upcoming film, Once Upon A Time In Hollywood, has been described as his “love letter to Hollywood,” chronicling the 1969 heyday of Hollywood, and the chaos that was going on during that time surrounding the Manson murders. One character who was involved in all of it was then-Hollywood director Roman Polanski. He had just been made famous by his 1968 film, Rosemary’s Baby, when his pregnant wife, actress and model Sharon Tate, was murdered by the Manson family cult. Polanski was since ostracized from Hollywood after a conviction for statutory rape, which he pleaded guilty to but then skipped out of the country before serving his sentence.

Since being so embroiled in the story that Tarantino is weaving, the character of Polanski does play a part, but Polanski’s current wife, actress and model Emmanuelle Seigner isn’t very happy about it. In a recent social media report,
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Roman Polanski's Wife Criticizes Quentin Tarantino for Including Husband in 'Once Upon a Time in Hollywood'

Roman Polanski's Wife Criticizes Quentin Tarantino for Including Husband in 'Once Upon a Time in Hollywood'
The wife of Roman Polanski is not pleased that her husband is a character in the upcoming Quentin Tarantino film Once Upon a Time in Hollywood.

In a social media post (written in French and translated by The Hollywood Reporter), actress and model Emmanuelle Seigner said she was angered that Tarantino included aspects of her husband's life (Polanski was previously married to Manson Family victim Sharon Tate) but that he did not consult Polanski.

"I am just saying that it doesn’t bother them [in Hollywood] to make a film about Roman and his tragic story, and make ...
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Roman Polanski's Wife Slams Quentin Tarantino for Including Director in Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

Roman Polanski's Wife Slams Quentin Tarantino for Including Director in Once Upon a Time in Hollywood
Quentin Tarantino‘s highly anticipated ninth film, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, debuted to a warm reception at its Cannes Film Festival premiere last week, but it has also seen its fair share of controversy.

The film stars Margot Robbie as Sharon Tate, who was eight months pregnant with director Roman Polanski’s child when she was brutally killed by members of the Manson Family in 1969.

Polish actor Rafa? Zawierucha plays Polanski in the film, alongside Robbie.

In a French-language Instagram post, translated by Yahoo, Polanski’s current wife Emmanuelle Seigner spoke out against her husband’s inclusion in the movie,
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Emmanuelle Seigner, Roman Polanski’s Wife, Slams Quentin Tarantino Over ‘Once Upon A Time In Hollywood’

Quentin Tarantino, a name associated with on-screen bloodshed as much as anything else, has always been a filmmaker that attracts a close eye, and often with a raised eyebrow. Sometimes it leads to discourse about the auteur’s alleged methods on set; for others, the pushback is much more aggressive. Disputes have even involved Hollywood legends, and figures he’s collaborated with for his films.

Now, with Tarantino’s newest movie, “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood,” having premiered at Cannes just weeks ahead of opening stateside, the wife of another Hollywoodite, just as enigmatic and controversial, is calling out the Oscar-winning director for his creative choices.

Continue reading Emmanuelle Seigner, Roman Polanski’s Wife, Slams Quentin Tarantino Over ‘Once Upon A Time In Hollywood’ at The Playlist.
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Secret Cannes Meeting For New Polanski Film to Find U.S. Buyer Took Place — So Far, No Takers

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Secret Cannes Meeting For New Polanski Film to Find U.S. Buyer Took Place — So Far, No Takers
You would be forgiven for thinking the only chatter about Roman Polanski this year at the Croisette was about his brief depiction in Quentin Tarantino’s “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood” — and the unhappiness about it expressed by his wife Emmanuelle Seigner. But it so happens Polanski turned to the Cannes Film Festival himself to look for a U.S. distributor for his latest film.

Paris-based sales agency Playtime held an unpublicized meeting on May 18 for around 40 potential U.S. buyers to screen Polanski’s film “An Officer and a Spy.” Polanski did not attend but star Jean Dujardin did, along with producer Alain Goldman. A week and a half later, no U.S. buyer has been announced — though the film already has European distribution set for the fall.

Vanity Fair‘s Nicole Sperling spoke to one of the attendees of the under-wraps meeting, Roadside Attractions co-president Howard Cohen,
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Polanski's Wife Shames Tarantino for Exploiting the Director in Once Upon a Time

Polanski's Wife Shames Tarantino for Exploiting the Director in Once Upon a Time
Emmanuelle Seigner is not happy about Quentin Tarantino's Once Upon a Time in Hollywood. The French actress is married to Roman Polanski and is upset over the fact that Tarantino is using the director's image in the movie. Polanski is played by Polish actor Rafal Zawierucha in Once Upon a Time and the 85-year old director was not consulted. Polanski was married to Sharon Tate when she was brutally murdered by the Manson Family in 1969.

Margot Robbie plays Sharon Tate in Once Upon a Time in Hollywood and the late model/actress' family was consulted before work began on the production. Emmanuelle Seigner is upset over the fact that Hollywood has no problem using the image of Roman Polanski in the movie to make some cash while the director continues to be ostracized from the entertainment industry as a whole. She explains.

"I am just saying that it doesn't
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Roman Polanski’s Wife Criticizes Quentin Tarantino For Using Director in ‘Once Upon a Time in Hollywood’

Roman Polanski’s Wife Criticizes Quentin Tarantino For Using Director in ‘Once Upon a Time in Hollywood’
Emmanuelle Seigner, French actress and Roman Polanski’s wife, published a statement on social media (via Yahoo) in which she criticized Quentin Tarantino for his latest movie, “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood.” Tarantino’s film casts Polish actor Rafał Zawierucha as Polanski and Margot Robbie as Sharon Tate, Polanski’s second wife who was pregnant with their child when she was murdered in August 1969 by members of the Manson Family cult.

Seigner was clear in her statement that she was not criticizing the merits or values of “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood” but only the decision to use Polanksi in the film at a time where Hollywood continues to reject the “Rosemary’s Baby” director for being charged with rape in the 1970s. Seigner called attention to the fact that the movie will make money for Tarantino and a major Hollywood studio (Sony Pictures) with help from Polanski
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‘Once Upon A Time In Hollywood’ Director Quentin Tarantino Angers Roman Polanski’s Wife By Not Consulting Her Husband

‘Once Upon A Time In Hollywood’ Director Quentin Tarantino Angers Roman Polanski’s Wife By Not Consulting Her Husband
Roman Polanski’s wife criticized writer/director Quentin Tarantino on Friday for not consulting with her husband on his new film, which features the tragic story of the murder of Polanski’s ex-wife, Sharon Tate.

Tarantino’s Once Upon A Time In Hollywood just debuted at the Cannes Film Festival to rave reviews. But Emmanuelle Seigner, Polanski’s wife, said in a French language post on Instagram that Tarantino was “using the tragic life of someone and then walking all over them” to tell a story.

Tate was murdered by members of the Manson family in 1969. Seigner said Tarantino should have spoken with Polanski about the film’s treatment of that event.

“I am just saying that it doesn’t bother them (in Hollywood) to make a film which takes Roman and his tragic story… while at the same time they have made him a pariah. And all without consulting him of course,
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Roman Polanski’s ‘An Officer and a Spy’ Screens for Buyers at Cannes

Roman Polanski’s ‘An Officer and a Spy’ Screens for Buyers at Cannes
Roman Polanski’s latest feature film, “An Officer and a Spy,” screened at least in part for buyers at the Cannes Film Festival last Saturday morning, a representative for the film’s international sales agent Playtime told TheWrap.

The French-language film, which stars Jean Dujardin and Polanski’s wife Emmanuelle Seigner, is currently in postproduction and wrapped cshooting at the end of April, which Dujardin announced himself via Instagram.

In a fictionalized story based on the true events of the Dreyfus Affair, Dujardin stars as French captain Alfred Dreyfus who in 1894 was wrongly convicted of treason and sentenced to life imprisonment on Devil’s Island.

Also Read: Cannes Report, Day 8: Quentin Tarantino's 'Once Upon a Time ... in Hollywood' Steals the Show

Playtime is handling international sales on the film, and the French distributor Gaumont already has the French rights, with plans to release the film early in November this year.
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In Cannes, The Roads Lead To Roman Polanski And His Latest Legal Fight

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As of 3:36 p.m. Cannes Film Festival Time on Saturday–6:36 a.m. as time is reckoned here in Los Angeles– the online case records of the Los Angeles County Superior Court still showed no sign of a response by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences to Roman Polanski’s demand for reinstatement as an Academy member.

To recap for festival-goers who are already hazy about things back in Hollywood, Polanski was thrown out of the film Academy by a vote of its governing board on May 1, 2018. Two days later, he received a letter informing him of the decision, citing, without detail, his claimed violation of standards of conduct that require “respect for human dignity” and oppose “any form of abuse or harassment.” Polanski, who was first asked to join in 1968, was invited to appeal; but his appeal was rejected on January 26, 2019, according to a filing by Polanski’s attorney Harland Braun,
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Jean Dujardin-Starrer ‘An Officer and a Spy’ Wraps Production as Playtime Joins Project (Exclusive)

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Jean Dujardin-Starrer ‘An Officer and a Spy’ Wraps Production as Playtime Joins Project (Exclusive)
French sales agency Playtime has come on board director Roman Polanski’s just-wrapped “An Officer and a Spy,” an historical espionage thriller based on Robert Harris’s novel and headlined by Oscar-winning actor Jean Dujardin (“The Artist”) and Mathieu Amalric (“At Eternity’s Gate”).

Re-teaming Harris (“The Ghost Writer”) and Polanski, the movie tells the true story of counter-espionage officer Georges Picquart, who defied orders and embarked on a compromising mission to clear the name of Captain Alfred Dreyfus, a promising French-Jewish officer who was unfairly accused of spying for Germany and imprisoned on Devil’s Island in the late 1890s. Drawn into a dangerous labyrinth of deceit and corruption, Picquart eventually succeeded in getting Dreyfus exonerated of any wrongdoing years later. The Dreyfus Affair has long been an obsession for the Oscar-winning director, who has tried to tell the story at various points in his career.

Produced by Alain Goldman
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