Roman Polanski, Gender Parity & Quandary Of Quotas Dominate Venice Film Festival Opening Press Conference
Art Business

Roman Polanski, Gender Parity & Quandary Of Quotas Dominate Venice Film Festival Opening Press Conference

Shutterstock The Venice Film Festival is getting underway today, kicking off with the world premiere of Hirokazu Kore-eda’s The Truth . However, before the red carpet rollout this evening, there was some spirited discussion — and a bit of dissension in the ranks — at the annual opening press conference. The panel, led by Venice chief Alberto Barbera who was joined by jury president Lucretia Martel , was dominated by debate over the fest’s inclusion of Roman Polanski ’s An Officer And A Spy , as well as the fact that only two female filmmakers are in the main section, and how to change that going forward. Regarding Polanski, Barbera reiterated that he is “convinced that we have to distinguish necessarily between the artist and the man. The history of art is full of artists who committed crimes of a different nature, nevertheless we have continued to admire their works of art. The same is true for Polanski who is in my opinion one of the last masters still active in European cinema.” Should Film Festivals And Distributors Steer Clear Of Controversial Directors In The #MeToo Era? Martel took a different stance, saying, “I don’t separate the man from […]

Tags

OrangeniusInc Tweets