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CINEMA – The arrival of the Franco-Polish director in the Swiss mountains caused a stir. For his return behind the cameras of the scandal caused by I accuseCesar winner in 2020, Roman Polansky chose Switzerland to shoot his 24th film.
baptized The palacethe film takes place in a large luxury hotel and follows the staff and wealthy clients of the establishment on the night of the transition from the year 1999 to 2000. That is why the director chose the Switzerland and especially the city of Gstaad to shoot the images for this future feature film that will be, as is often the case with Polanski, behind closed doors.
the parisianwho revealed the filming location This Wednesday, April 6, indicates that the Gstaad Palace hotel had the presence of employees during the shooting of 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 group that brings together technicians, actors and filmmakers from French-speaking Switzerland decided to give a voice after the announcement of this shoot in Gstaad in the columns of Hour.
“Roman Polanski is currently shooting his next feature film in Gstaad. He has the right to do it and we cannot prevent him from working”, acknowledges in the first place this group also supported by SWAN (Swiss Women’s Audiovisual Network), the Romande Coordination of feminist and women’s strike groups.
“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 still and always flees from justice, can get involved without obstacles 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, every rape, every male chauvinist attack, every femicide he looks at us intimately”, they believe in this forum.
Polanski already accused of rape in Gstaad
In addition, the choice of Gstaad for the shooting of the film echoes a prior questioning of the director. In fact, on November 8, 2019, just five days before the release of I accuse in French cinemas, Valentine Monnier, a French photographer, spoke at the parisian, accusing Roman Polanski of raping her in 1975 in his chalet in Gstaad, after a ski descent. This is the premiere of the film. I accuse in the cinema that had motivated the photographer to trust her story 44 years later, although the facts are prescribed.
This testimony, added to the one that occurred on November 6, 2019 by the actress Adèle Haenel vs. director Christophe Ruggia had given rise to a strong controversy surrounding the release of the adapted film of the Dreyfus Affair. By winning three Césars the following year, Roman Polanski angered part of the César assembly and led an angry reaction from Adèle HaeneI. 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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