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In this May 27, 2017 photo, director Roman Polanski appears at the photo call for the film, “Based On A True Story,” at the 70th international film festival, Cannes, France. Photo: AP

Polanski retrospective goes ahead in France under the shadow of feminist protests

Polanski retro taking place in shadow of harassment allegations against disgraced film producer Harvey Weinstein

France’s famed film institute La Cinematheque Francaise said it will go ahead with a retrospective of works by director Roman Polanski despite opposition by feminist groups.

La Cinematheque said on Wednesday that calls to cancel the Polanski screenings – attended by the director – only began “in the last few days” as the sexual harassment accusations against Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein gained force. Weinstein denies the allegations.

Samantha Geimer and director Roman Polanski, who pleaded guilty to unlawful sexual intercourse with Geimer, then a 13-year-old aspiring actress during a photo shoot in Los Angeles in 1977. Photo: AP

The statement said it would not change the programme that begins on Monday.

The institute said its role was not to moralise in regard to the Polish-born director who in the 1970s pleaded guilty to having sex in the US with a 13-year-old girl whom he plied with champagne and Quaaludes.

Since Polanski fled the US, he has mostly lived in Paris.