In Cannes, the roads lead to Roman Polanski and his latest legal fight

As of 3:36 p.m. Cannes Film Festival Time on Saturday–6:36 a.m. as time is reckoned here in Los Angeles– the online case records of the Los Angeles County Superior Court still showed no sign of a response by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences to Roman Polanski’s demand for reinstatement as an Academy member.

To recap for festival-goers who are already hazy about things back in Hollywood, Polanski was thrown out of the film Academy by a vote of its governing board on May 1, 2018. Two days later, he received a letter informing him of the decision, citing, without detail, his claimed violation of standards of conduct that require “respect for human dignity” and oppose “any form of abuse or harassment.” Polanski, who was first asked to join in 1968, was invited to appeal; but his appeal was rejected on January 26, 2019, according to a filing by Polanski’s attorney Harland Braun, without the director or his lawyer having met and discussed the matter with the governors.

And there things stand, as Academy President John Bailey gets ready for his induction to France’s Ordres des Arts et des Lettres in Cannes on Sunday, while Polanski’s latest film An Officer And A Spy, about a famous case of unjust accusation, goes on sale there with a screening of clips today, and Quentin Tarantino prepares for a Tuesday Cannes premiere of his Once Upon A Time In Hollywood, in which Margot Robbie plays Sharon Tate, who was Polanski’s wife until she was murdered by the Manson family in 1969.

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