Roman Polanski Wins Best Director Award at Berlin International Film Festival


Roman Polanski may not have been in attendance at the Berlin International Film Festival, but that didn't stop him from winning the Best Director award for his film The Ghost Writer. The Hollywood Reporter seems to think the award, which was given by a panel led by Werner Herzog, was less about the film than "a signal of solidarity with the director." Holed up in his Swiss chalet, Polanski sent a statement through one of his producers: "Even if I could come, I wouldn't," Polanski said. "Because the last time I went to a festival to accept an award, I ended up in jail." [HR]