- The Washington Times - Wednesday, December 16, 2009

BERLIN

The new movie by French-Polish director Roman Polanski, who is under house arrest in Switzerland, will receive its world premiere at the Berlin International Film Festival in February, organizers said Tuesday.

U.S. prosecutors have hunted Mr. Polanski, 76, since he fled the country in 1978 before he could be sentenced after admitting he had unlawful sex with a 13-year-old girl.

He is under house arrest in his Swiss chalet in Gstaad after being detained in September as he arrived in Switzerland to collect an award at the Zurich film festival.

The Oscar-winning director, who has French nationality, is fighting his extradition to the United States after being granted bail of $4.5 million on condition that he surrender his passport and wear an electronic bracelet.

Swiss authorities have warned Polanski, who spent weeks in jail, that he will forfeit his bail if he leaves his chalet, and Interpol has placed countries on alert in case he tries to flee.

Polanski’s “The Ghost Writer,” starring Ewan McGregor and Pierce Brosnan, will receive its world premiere - alongside Martin Scorsese’s “Shutter Island” - at the 60th annual Berlin festival Feb 11 through Feb. 21.

Polanski’s body of work includes the acclaimed films “Chinatown,” “The Pianist” and “Rosemary’s Baby.”

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