Filmmaker Polanski in Kraków for documentary
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Polish-French Oscar-winning filmmaker Roman Polanski and his long-time friend, acclaimed photographer Ryszard Horowitz, are in Kraków for the filming of a documentary on Polanski's early years.
The pair visited the place where they first met as children – the site of a former Jewish ghetto in Krakow’s Podgórze district, set up by the Nazi Germans during World War II.
“We never talked about those times,” Polanski said. “We would meet in New York, Warsaw, even Beijing but never in our hometown. It’s surreal to be back here again, as all my memories are so vivid,” he added.
The 84-year-old film director, who is of Jewish descent, also visited the village of Wysoka, where he hid from the Nazis following his escape from Kraków.
Seventy-eight-year-old Horowitz took his friend to a Kraków-based flat where he developed his very first film. Horowitz is one of the youngest survivors of the Holocaust whose wartime story was depicted in Steven Spielberg’s film "Schindler’s List".
This is Polanski's first visit to Poland after the country’s Supreme Court overturned a motion to reverse a decision by a Kraków court not to extradite the film director to the United States over a 1977 case of unlawful sex with a minor.
“I am happy that thanks to a definite end to the extradition issue, Roman Polanski could come to Poland and engage in such a personal project,” Jan Olszewski, the filmmaker’s lawyer, said.
The film is directed by Mateusz Kudła, the winner of the Gold Dolphin at the 2017 Corporate Media & TV Awards in Cannes for his short documentary “Photo Film People”. (aba/pk)