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Roman Polanski’s “Carnage” to Open 49th New York Film Festival

Roman Polanski's "Carnage" to Open 49th New York Film Festival

The North American premiere of Roman Polanski’s latest film, “Carnage,” will open the 49th New York Film Festival September 30th, the Film Society of Lincoln Center, which produces the anticipated annual event, said Friday.

Based on Yasmina Reza’s “God of Carnage,” the 2009 Tony Award-winner for Best Play, “Carnage” follows the events of an evening when two Brooklyn couples are brought together after their children are involved in a playground fight. Produced by Said Ben Said, the Sony Pictures Classics release stars Academy Award winners Jodie Foster, Kate Winslet and Christoph Waltz and Academy Award nominee John C. Reilly.

“From ‘Knife in the Water’ (which screened at the first edition of NYFF in 1963) to ‘Repulsion’ to ‘The Tenant,’ Roman Polanski has shown himself to be an absolute master at making the most restricted spaces come to dramatic life. In ‘Carnage,’ aided by four remarkable performances, he has reached a new pinnacle in his already extraordinary career,” commented Richard Peña, Selection Committee Chair & Program Director, The Film Society of Lincoln Center in a statement.

Added FSLC executive director Rose Kuo: “”We are delighted to kick off the festival with a quintessential New York story featuring superb performances from a quartet of the finest actors working today. The film will certainly provoke the kind of discussions about contemporary issues that guarantee a memorable night.”

The 17-day New York Film Festival spotlights some of the most anticipated world cinema of the year. The selection committee, chaired by Peña also includes: Melissa Anderson, Freelance Critic; Scott Foundas, Associate Program Director, The Film Society of Lincoln Center; Dennis Lim, Editor, Moving Image Source & Freelance Critic; and Todd McCarthy, Chief Film Critic, The Hollywood Reporter.

The 49th NYFF takes place September 30 – October 16.

General Public tickets will be available September 12th. There will be an advance ticketing opportunity for Film Society of Lincoln Center Patrons and Members prior to that date.

The Film Society of Lincoln Center will release NYFF’s full slate later this summer.

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I agree with the first commenter. The Polanski case disgusts me and I refuse to see or respect any of his work. The fact that people discuss his work without any mention of his crimes is appalling. To the second commenter, he absolutely knew the girl was underage and it wasn’t the first time he did it either. He continued to have relationships with underage girls at his Swiss Alp retreat (see the photos) even during the case. This lewd behavior continues and he justifies himself. He doesn’t think he’s ever done anything wrong but he is a sicko.


I dont care what the did all i care about is the art and he is one of the best directors in history. He should have been punised years agoo give the old man a brake , and why didnt the mother of the girl ever go to jail she let her doughter go on a party and she perfectly knew what hollywood parties are all about , it was a provokation and Polanski didnt know she was underaged and so would you just look at her pfotos she look’s 18 on t


I thought quite a while before deciding to respond to this as I can see I’m the lone voice on the web.

The the Film Society of Lincoln Center supports Roman Polanski is sad, that Indiewire simply reports it with no commentary is worse. In the twenty-first century often the greatest damage we do to our selves as a society is that of moral acquiescence. We compromise simple unassailable truths bit by bit until what was once simply right or wrong, just or unjust, passes through the the rationalization mill of modern commerce to become no more offensive than the site of a dog lifting it’s leg on a fire hydrant.

That Indiewire sees it as no problem that the NYFilmFest is promoting a convicted pedophile should, but no longer, shocks me. With it’s deep involvement in Art, Music, Film and culture, Indiewire should be more aware that you can’t separate the art from the artist. That cult of personality, promotion and publicity are the very web that connects audiences to artists, as well festivals and new outlets.

In 1977 Roman Polanski was charged with rape by use of drugs, perversion, lewd and lascivious acts, sodomy and providing a controlled substance to a minor. He accepted a plea bargain, gaining dismissal of five charges and pleaded guilty in a California court to unlawful sexual intercourse, aka Statutory Rape. When he was informed that he would probably be sentenced to actual jail time instead of probation, Polanski fled the country.

That these acts were performed on a minor who was in his custody under the umbrella of an artistic exercise, namely a photo session for Vogue should, I could wish,  condemn him to all artists. It should have at least caused some pause at Lincoln Center or in the editor’s room at Indiewire, where, I’ve always thought, something more than superficial, market driven fox style journalism went into the work.

Think about it, Polanski, an adult male, asked to be given the responsibility for another person’s child, then drugged and raped that child. That cannot be shrugged off as some acceptable artistict quirk. That is the man that you chose to honor by promoting him to your readers.  How can you ever do another story about a message driven film; War, Poverty, child molestation, child soldiers, working conditions for children abroad, when you accept Roman Polanski, guilty of statutory rape and flight from prosecution as acceptable Indiewire material? How do you rationalize, except through moral acquiescence, that this man should gain the benefit of Indiewire’s approval to it’s loyal membership?

Not commenting is the same as saying it’s okay, and it’s not.

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