Roman Polanski film premieres at Venice amid controversy

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Polanski did not attend the screening of the movie at the Venice festival. . . .

Argentine director Lucrezia Martel, who is chairing the festival’s jury, said she did not want to “congratulate” the director and that his participation in the festival made her “uncomfortable”. J’Accuse (An Officer and a Spy) stars Oscar-winning actor Jean Dujardin.

The film is a historical thriller telling the true story of French Jewish army officer Alfred Dreyfus, who was falsely accused of treason in the 19th Century. Dujardin plays a French officer who uncovers evidence that Dreyfus was framed, and who risks his life to expose the truth.

Polanski pleaded guilty to unlawful sexual intercourse with a 13-year-old girl in Los Angeles in 1977, but then fled the US. He has also faced further allegations of sexual assault. He has compared his legal situation with that of Dreyfus in the movie.For the rest of the story, check out the BBC link here: