Polanski sex scandal film shakes up Sundance

Thirty years after director Roman Polanski fled the United States and a conviction for unlawful sex with a minor, a U.S. filmmaker has reopened the sensational case in a documentary that is shaking up the Sundance Film Festival.

“Roman Polanski: Wanted and Desired” debuted this weekend at Sundance, the top U.S. event for independent movies, and already director Marina Zenovich’s nonfiction film has secured a worldwide distribution deal from the powerful Weinstein Co.

Show business newspaper Daily Variety reported on Sunday that the documentary division of U.S. cable television channel HBO acquired North American rights, and the film is seen as a top contender in the Sundance documentary competition.

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