Cannes Festivals News

Polanski walks out of press conference

The AP are reporting that Roman Polanski walked out of a press conference earlier today at Cannes.

He was talking about To Each His Own Cinema, a collection of short films from 30 illustrious directors from around the world.

They report:

Director Roman Polanski walked out of a news conference at the Cannes Film Festival on Sunday after berating journalists for asking ’empty’ questions.

Polanski, whose film “The Pianist” won the top prize at Cannes in 2002, was onstage with nearly 30 major directors – from Mexico’s Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu to Germany’s Wim Wenders to China’s Wong Kar-wai – who were showing short films in homage to cinema.

Apparently several questions focused on the future of cinema in the digital age and towards the end Polanski took the microphone and said:

“It’s a shame to have such poor questions, such empty questions. And I think that it’s really the computer which has brought you down to this level. You’re no longer interested in what’s going on in the cinema. Frankly, let’s all go and have lunch”.

None of the directors followed him and it is unclear what the director of Chinatown and The Pianist had to eat.

But here he is with his fellow directors at the photo call (he is on the front row to the leftย  wearing a white jacket and jeans):

Photocall for To Each His Own Cinema

> AP story via Guardian Film
> Roman Polanski at the IMDb