Roman Polanski Returns to Cannes
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Roman Polanski returns to Cannes with a film in contention for the Palme d'Or and a documentary about a sporting legend. The film, 'La Venus a la Fourrure' tells the story of a feisty actress with her eyes on the lead role in a Paris theatrical production and stars Polanski's wife Emmanuelle Seigner. 'Weekend of a Champion' is a different animal -- the 1970 documentary is about Polanski's long-time friend and former Formula One driver Jackie Stewart.

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Roman Polanski returns to Cannes with a film in contention for the Palme d'Or and a documentary about a sporting legend. The film, 'La Venus a la Fourrure' tells the story of a feisty actress with her eyes on the lead role in a Paris theatrical production and stars Polanski's wife Emmanuelle Seigner. 'Weekend of a Champion' is a different animal -- the 1970 documentary is about Polanski's long-time friend and former Formula One driver Jackie Stewart. The filmmaker said he had forgotten about the film's existence until a recent call from a processing lab holding the footage prompted him to look at it again. SOUNDBITE: Roman Polanski, director, saying (French): "It sat in the Technicolor lab in London, and it stayed in their basement for 40 years, or nearly, 39 years. One day they called me to ask if they could get hold of the negative. And I said 'Hang on! I would like to see what we did'. And we looked at the film again and I decided to re-edit it, restore it, and add the sequence with Jackie where we talk about that era." Since Polanski last won at Cannes, he has faced renewed legal woes after being arrested in Switzerland in 2009 -- and subsequently released -- on U.S. charges dating back to 1977 of having sex with a 13-year-old girl. The 79-year-old refused to be drawn on how the resurrected legal problems may have affected his work. SOUNDBITE: Roman Polanski, director, saying (English): "I'm going to talk about the documentary I'm presenting tonight." The winner of the Palme d'Or will be announced on Sunday, May 26th.