Roman Polañski is an Academy Award-winning Franco-Polish-American film director, writer, and producer. He is a celebrated arthouse filmmaker, and Hollywood director of such films as “Rosemary’s Baby” and “Chinatown”. His first major film “Knife in the Water” was Polanski’s first nomination for the Oscar.
In 1978, after pleading guilty to having unlawful sexual intercourse with a thirteen year old girl, Polanski fled to France. Unwilling to return to the United States and face arrest, he has continued to direct films in Europe, including “Frantic”, the Academy Award-winning and Cannes Film Festival Palme d’Or-winning “The Pianist” and “Oliver Twist”.