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theartsdesk in Tallinn: 23rd European Film Awards

theartsdesk in Tallinn: 23rd European Film Awards

A 2D Roman Polanski accepts an excess of gongs for The Ghost in Estonia

Ghost at the party: Roman Polanski, director of Best Film 'The Ghost', looks on at the European Film AwardsRené Velli

Roman Polanski’s The Ghost won five of the seven European Film Awards it was nominated for last night. It was a display of the sort of sentimental herd mentality familiar from the Oscars which the European Film Academy’s voters like to feel they are better than. Polanski himself loomed from the big screen via Skype, kept from the ceremony in Estonia’s capital by the US arrest warrant which was surely the reason for the Academy’s largesse. The director looked down on the spectacle from his book-lined study with an unlined, unmoving face, detached by more than geography, a man who had seen much better and worse in his time.

Skype, Polanski’s connection to the world when he was incarcerated in Switzerland, is an Estonian invention

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