The apology came while the director was receiving his lifetime achievement award from the Zurich Film Festival. He tried to pick up the award two years ago, but was arrested by the totally unchill Swiss authorities because they were still harshing on him for raping a minor like a million years ago. G.O.I., Swiss authorities! Get over it!!
The director picked up the award last night and brought along a peace offering as well in the form of a documentary titled, Roman Polanski: A Film Memoir, which was screened after the ceremony. Directed by Laurent Bouzereau, the film centers on a conversation between Polanski and his producer friend, Andrew Braunsberg. He uses this conversation as a forum to apologize to his victim, referring to her as “a double victim: my victim and a victim of the press.” This naturally doesn’t include the whole drugging and raping her thing. That was his bad.
An apology via documentary seems kind of lame though. Most people don’t even watch documentaries. At the very least, he could have sent her an apology card. And not a cheap one either! Get one of those fancy ones that plays music. “Sorry” by Madonna seems appropriate. (THR)