Controversial Roman Polanski Documentary Comes to New York in July

Marina Zenovich’s Roman Polanski documentary will open in New York on July 11, two days after it airs on HBO, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The film, which is titled Roman Polanski: Wanted and Desired, follows the Academy Award-winning director’s infamous statutory rape trial (he pleaded guilty to getting it on with a 13-year-old in 1977) and subsequent flight from the U.S. in 1978 (he likely evaded decades worth of prison time). The film got a buzzworthy reception at Sundance in January, though as The Reporter notes, "it has prompted both acclaim and criticism for its nonjudgmental approach to the subject." It’s been picked up by the indie studio ThinkFilm (the company’s president was Mr. Polanski’s publicist from 1991 to 1997), and will be released on DVD in the fall.

Controversial Roman Polanski Documentary Comes to New York in July