Filmmaker Roman Polanski, Wanted in U.S. on Charges of Sex With a Minor, Gets an Award in Poland That Might Generate a Few Facepalms

WARSAW, Poland (TheBlaze/AP) — Filmmaker Roman Polanski attended the opening of the PKO Off Camera film festival in Krakow, Poland — the same city where a court is weighing a U.S. request for his extradition.

He received an award as well.

Filmmaker Roman Polanski is pictured during a conference at the Paris Book Fair on March 20, 2015. (Image source: Lionel Bonaventure/AFP/Getty Images)
Filmmaker Roman Polanski is pictured during a conference at the Paris Book Fair on March 20, 2015. (Image source: Lionel Bonaventure/AFP/Getty Images)

It’s moniker? The “Against the Current” award — for independence in art.

Polanski, who spent his childhood in Krakow, jokingly said he was happy to be awarded there “at long last.”

In February, the Oscar-winning director appeared in a Krakow court for a hearing related to a U.S. request for his extradition concerning charges of sex with a minor, a case that has haunted him since 1977.

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