Polanski’s Twist to premiere in Prague
by Sakis Kontos
Roman Polanski’s latest adaptation of a classic novel, Oliver Twist [+see also:
film profile] , is to have its world premiere in Prague, September 24. The British-French-Italian-Czech co-production has already been presented in the Toronto, New York and Los Angeles festivals but the Polish-born American director, who produced the film in Prague’s Barrandov Studios last year, said he was so much impressed by the Czech capital that he wanted to give something back to it.
“I’ve been to a lot of places all over the world, but this is a great city and the conditions that they offered for our work are exceptional” commented Polanski at the time.
Except a four month stay in Prague, Polanski’s team shot also a few scenes in the towns of Beroun and Zatec.
The film, adapted by the classic work of Charles Dickens and produced by Polanski, Robert Benmussa and Alain Sarde, tells the story of an orphan (played by Barney Clark) who joins a team of children petty crooks, led by Fagin (Ben Kingsley). Its world distribution is handled by Sony-TriStar.
Polanski will be present in person for the premiere in Prague’s Slovansky dum theatre. Oliver Twist will then be released in Czech Republic September 29 and internationally September 30.
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