There’s another reason Roman Polanski has returned to the Zurich Film Festival, where he was arrested two years ago by authorities who tried unsuccessfully to bring him back to the U.S. to face a 1977 statutory rape charge. After the festival bestowed its lifetime achievement award on the Oscar-winning director Tuesday night, it offered up the surprise world premiere of the documentary Roman Polanski: A Film Memoir, in which Polanski talks to friend and producer Andrew Braunsberg about his career, the murder of his wife Sharon Tate and his recent arrest. Laurent Bouzereau directed the feature-length docu. It was at the 2009 Swiss festival, where Polanski was originally to to receive the lifetime honor, that he was arrested — he never made it to the fest, getting stopped at the airport. He served time in jail and was under house arrest until he successfully fought off extradition to the U.S., making today’s return trip possible. (UPDATE: Polanski thanked the crowd after accepting his award Tuesday night: “Better late than never,” he said in his speech, according to Reuters. “It’s a strange anniversary for me, two years, day for day. … Certain parts of it I’d rather forget, but I’m happy to be here. It is a very moving moment for me so do not expect any speeches.”)
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