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Roman Polansky film nomination provokes protests

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The latest Roman Polanski film, J’accuse, was nominated on Wednesday for twelve Césars, the French equivalent of the Oscars. Organization Osez le Féminisme has announced that they will protest at the presentation of the awards on 28 February.

J’accuse is internationally released under the title An Officer And A Spy and is about the French-Jewish officer Albert Dreyfus who was wrongly accused of espionage in 1894. Among other things, the film goes for the César for best film and Polanski is eligible for the award for best director.

The 86-year-old is a controversial figure in the film world. He was convicted in the US in 1978 for sex with a 13-year-old girl, fled the country and has been making films from Europe ever since. Last November he was again accused of rape, by the French actress Valentine Monnier.

The latest project by the Franco-Polish director premiered at the Venice Film Festival in August and won the Grand Jury Prize there. After the new allegations against Polanski this fall, several groups took action at cinema releases of the film. For example, three cinemas in Brussels were filled with posters showing the director’s past. It was also called online to boycott the film. Despite this, J’accuse scored well in France with 1.4 million visitors.

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