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Frank Simon & Roman Polanski
Roman Polanski, Polish-French film director, producer, writer, and actor, born Rajmund Roman Thierry Polański; 18 August 1933 in Paris, France. Having made films in Poland, the United Kingdom, France and the United States, he is considered one of the few "truly international filmmakers."
He moved with his Polish parents back to Poland in 1937, shortly before the outbreak of World War II. He survived the Holocaust and was educated in Poland and became a director of both art house and commercial films. Polanski's first feature-length film, Knife in the Water (1962), made in Poland, was nominated for a United States Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film but was beaten by Federico Fellini's 8˝.
He has since received five more Oscar nominations, along with two Baftas, four Césars, a Golden Globe Award and the Palme d'Or of the Cannes Film Festival in France. In the United Kingdom he directed three films, beginning with Repulsion (1965). In 1968 he moved to the United States, and cemented his status by directing the horror film Rosemary's Baby (1968) for which Ruth Gordon won an Academy Award as Best Supporting Actress.
Polanski continued to make films such as The Pianist (2002), a WWII true story drama about Jewish-Polish musician Władysław Szpilman. The film won three Academy Awards including Best Director, along with numerous international awards. He also directed other films, including Oliver Twist (2005), a story which parallels his own life as a "young boy attempting to triumph over adversity".
His most recent films are The Ghost Writer (2010), a thriller focusing on a ghostwriter working with a former British Prime Minister, and Carnage (2011), a comedy-drama starring Jodie Foster and Kate Winslet, and his latest film Venus in Fur (2013), with Emmanuelle Seigner, which he won the César Award [French Oscar] as the best director.
Photo: Jackie Stewart and Roman Polanski during making of Weekend of a Champion.
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