via Associated Press
CINEMA – The arrival of the Franco-Polish director in the Swiss mountains caused a stir. For his return behind the camera since the scandal caused by I accuseCésar winner in 2020, Roman Polanski chose Switzerland to shoot his 24th film.
baptized The palacethe film takes place in a large luxurious hotel and follows the staff and wealthy clients of the establishment on the evening of the passage from the year 1999 to 2000. It is for this reason that the director chose Switzerland and especially the city of Gstaad to shoot the images for this future feature film which will be, as often with Polanski, behind closed doors.
The Parisianwhich revealed the filming location this Wednesday, April 6, indicates that the Gstaad Palace hotel had the employees present during the shootings sign a confidentiality clause. The palace.
“Polanski, you can talk, we can too!”
Except that the return of the director, accused by several women of sexual assault during his career, does not leave anyone indifferent in Switzerland. A collective bringing together technicians, actors and filmmakers from French-speaking Switzerland decided to give voice after the announcement of this shooting in Gstaad in the columns of the Time.
“Roman Polanski is currently shooting his next feature film in Gstaad. He has the right to do so and we cannot prevent him from working”, recognizes in the first place this collective also supported by SWAN (Swiss Women’s Audiovisual Network), the Romande Coordination of the feminist and women’s strike collectives.
“On the other hand, we can take the floor to denounce the ease with which a man convicted of rape, accused on multiple occasions and who is still and always fleeing justice, can engage without hindrance in a public artistic process”, advance the different signatories. “If we say nothing, we give our tacit agreement, we affirm that it does not concern us. However, each rape, each sexist attack, each feminicide looks at us intimately”, they estimate in this forum.
Polanski already accused of rape in Gstaad
Moreover, the choice of Gstaad for the filming of the film echoes a previous questioning of the director. Indeed, on November 8, 2019, just five days before the release of I accuse in French cinemas, Valentine Monnier, a French photographer, spoke in The Parisianaccusing Roman Polanski of having raped her in 1975 in his chalet in Gstaad, after a ski descent. This is the release of the film I accuse in the cinema which had motivated the photographer to confide her story 44 years later, although the facts are prescribed.
This testimony, coupled with that which occurred on November 6, 2019, by actress Adèle Haenel against director Christophe Ruggia had led to a strong controversy around the release of the film adapted from the Dreyfus Affair. Winning three César awards the following year, Roman Polanski had angered part of the César assembly and led to an angry reaction from Adèle Haenel. She then left the room before being followed by other members of the film crew. Portrait of the girl on firedirected by Celine Sciamma.
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