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Polanski film opens NY festival

Roman Polanski's latest film Carnage is to open this year's New York Film Festival.

The controversial French-Polish filmmaker is unlikely to walk the red carpet at the film's North American premiere on September 30, as he remains a fugitive in Europe over his outstanding unlawful sex conviction in the US.

Jodie Foster, Kate Winslet, Christoph Waltz and John C Reilly star as two Brooklyn couples who are brought together after their kids become involved in a playground scuffle in the big-screen adaptation of Yasmina Reza's Tony-winning Broadway hit God Of Carnage.

"From Knife In The Water (which screened at the first edition of NYFF in 1963) to Repulsion to The Tenant, Roman Polanski has shown himself to be an absolute master at making the most restricted spaces come to dramatic life," the Film Society of Lincoln Centre's selection committee chair and programme director Richard Pena said in a statement.

"In Carnage, aided by four remarkable performances, he has reached a new pinnacle in his already extraordinary career," he added.

The film's debut at the 49th anniversary of the festival is a fitting return for Roman, whose debut film Knife In The Water screened at the first New York Film Festival in 1963.

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