Silver Bear @ Berlin filmfestival

Silver Bear @ Berlin filmfestival

The Silver Bear award for best director went to Roman Polanski for “The Ghostwriter,” his political thriller starring Ewan McGregor and Pierce Brosnan. Based on a novel by Robert Harris, it tells the story of Adam Lang, a former British prime minister who is compiling his memoirs on rain-swept, desolate Martha’s Vineyard in winter.

Polanski, confined to his Swiss chalet and facing possible extradition to the U.S. more than 30 years after he pleaded guilty to having sex with a 13-year-old girl, was unable to come to the festival. He was arrested as he arrived in Switzerland in September to accept an award at the Zurich Film Festival.

His producer Alain Sarde accepted the Berlin prize on his behalf and said he had spoken to Polanski on the phone.

“I was lamenting that he couldn’t come,” Sarde told the audience at the award ceremony in Berlin. “He said: ‘Even if I could, I wouldn’t, because the last time I went to a festival I ended up in jail.”


Brosnan interview on "The Ghostwriter"


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The Ghost "English trailer"


 The Ghost "English trailer"

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Polanski puts "The Ghost" on hold


Roman Polanski arrest puts latest film on hold; 'Ghost' stars Pierce Brosnan

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Roman Polanski's arrest in Switzerland has left his latest film in limbo, with several months of work before the political thriller is ready for theaters.

Polanski's agent, International Creative Management chief Jeff Berg, said Polanski had completed much of the editing on "The Ghost." But other post-production work, including music scoring and sound mixing, had yet to be done, Berg said.

Based on the provocative novel by Robert Harris, "The Ghost" stars Pierce Brosnan as fictional former British leader Adam Lang and Ewan McGregor as a ghostwriter hired to help complete his memoirs. The cast includes Kim Cattrall, Tom Wilkinson, Olivia Williams and James Belushi.

The novel caused a stir in Britain for Lang's resemblance to former Prime Minister Tony Blair. Like Blair, Lang is a once-popular leader brought down by his allegiance with the United States in the war on terror.

While the film does not yet have a U.S. deal, it has distribution in many overseas territories, among them Germany, where it was shot early this year, and France, where Polanski lives. He fled America in 1978 after pleading guilty to having unlawful sexual intercourse with a 13-year-old girl in Los Angeles.

Polanski was arrested over the weekend in Zurich, where he had traveled to receive a lifetime achievement award from a film festival. His lawyer said Polanski will fight U.S. attempts to have him returned to the United States.

"The Ghost" is the first Polanski movie with a U.S. setting since 1974's "Chinatown." Locations in Germany had to stand in for the story's New England settings.

"There's a lot of psychological intrigue in the story, as well as espionage and politics, and most of the action takes place in an oceanfront house during the middle of winter — all of it classic Polanski territory," Harris said when the film was announced in 2007.

Berg said Polanski usually finishes his films before lining up U.S. distribution, so the completed movie can be shopped around.

"There is always interest in movies that Roman distributes," Berg said. "It should be accepted on its own merits, but we feel highly confident we'll find proper distribution."

Polanski's films include the horror hit "Rosemary's Baby," the costume drama "Tess" and the Holocaust saga "The Pianist," which earned him the 2002 Academy Award for best director.

A Holocaust survivor himself, Polanski has endured other dire trauma, including the murder of his pregnant wife, actress Sharon Tate, by followers of cult figure Charles Manson in 1969.

With Polanski jailed, it's unknown when work might resume on "The Ghost." Berg said he is confident Polanski will put his legal troubles behind him and finish the film.

"I'm always optimistic when it comes to Roman," Berg said. "He's strong, and he has survived every situation imaginable."

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"The Ghost" funded


"The Ghost" funded

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Roman Polanski’s political thriller “The Ghost,” which just wrapped shooting at Studio Babelsberg outside of Berlin, has picked up E4 million ($5.45 million) in extra coin from the German Federal Film Fund (DFFF) and the German Federal Film Board (FFA).

The adaptation of Robert Harris’ novel, about a ghostwriter hired to finish the memoirs of a former British prime minister who is the target of a war crimes indictment, stars Ewan McGregor, Pierce Brosnan, Kim Cattrall and Olivia Williams.

The film, which began lensing in Germany in February, nabbed nearly $4.8 million from the DFFF, which is administered by the FFA, as well as $680,717 from the FFA directly.

Co-produced by Elfte Babelsberg Film, a unit of the studio’s Babelsberg Film division, “The Ghost” had already received $680,717 from regional subsidy org Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg and $272,263 from Filmfoerderung Hamburg Schleswig-Holstein for a total of $6.4 million in grants.

The pic is also likely to land coin from regional subsidy org Filmbuero MV in the northern state of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern.

The Summit Intl. film , which has yet to be picked up Stateside, is being released in Germany via Kinowelt.

Polanski, Robert Benmussa and Alain Sarde are producing “The Ghost” along with Henning Molfenter, Carl Woebcken and Christoph Fisser of Studio Babelsberg and Timothy Burrill of U.K. shingle Runteam.

“The Ghost” is the latest high-profile production to receive coin from the $80 million-a-year DFFF. In February Quentin Tarantino’s Cannes screener “Inglourious Basterds” nabbed $8.7 million.

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Brosnan in Germany for "The Ghost"

Brosnan arrived in Germany ,for filming Roman Polanski's "The Ghost"

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Hollywood crew @ The Island of Sylt



Hollywood crew @ The Island of Sylt

(16th of March )

Usedom - center of the world, Hollywood, Martha`s Vineyard, all in one!
Today the whole Hollywood crew has fallen in! Roman Polanski, Pierce Brosnan, Ewen McGregor and some more . The film they are going to take is called Ghost and shall be a political thriller. That`s what the Pomeranian Radio man told us, and now we are all waiting for more news.

Actually, the setting is supposed to be Martha`s Vineyard, but firstly, Roman Polanski gets no visa for the US, and secondly, it is probably much cheaper to take the movie here, on the beach of Usedom (which is apparently much like the one of M`s Vineyard). Only trouble is, Mr. Polanski wants rainy weather, but, as the radio man rightly remarked, it was not a good idea to choose the island for the shooting which statistically has the most sunny hours in all of Germany!

But the whole set has been erected by now, even with 12 of those electric poles that are a feature of American life and which always fall down at storms and create blackouts (in Germany, most electric linings are running in the ground which leaves the landscape prettier and the storms more harmless. But that`s not my business). And on the road near the airport of Peenemünde even a yellow street line was painted on the ground, so that it all looks unmistakably like an American place. Haha.
Remember Peenemünde? That is the small town right on the Western end of Usedom where Wernher von Braun built his V2 rocket, and would have sent another rocket to the moon.

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"The Ghost" filming @ Sylt

Roman Polanski's "The Ghost" filming @ Sylt




"The Ghost" start filming On Sylt

Roman Polanski has begun filming his new thriller ‘The Ghost’ on the German island of Sylt on the North Sea.

The local port was turned into a film studio and many wooden buildings were refaced to resemble American style houses. Sylt is being transformed to resemble the American popular vacation spot Martha’s Vineyard, on the Atlantic Ocean.

Polanski, who is not allowed into the United States because he has been convicted of raping a 13-year-old girl in 1973, chose instead to film in Germany.

The film crew is composed of 120 people. Ewan McGregor plays the lead role. Pierce Brosnan will also appear in the film.

The Polanski film crew will be on-location on the island until the 6 March. The film’s release date has not yet been announced.

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Setbuilding for Roman Polanski's "The Ghost"


Setbuilding started in Germany for "The GHost"

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Fugitive filmmaker ROMAN POLANSKI has found a cunning way to shoot his new movie in the U.S. and U.K. without landing in jail - he is building giant replicas in a German film studio. The Polish-born director has lived in Paris, France for the past 32 years since fleeing America, after he was convicted, in 1977, of having sex with a 13-year-old girl.
His new movie The Ghost has crucial scenes set in New England and London, England - but Polanski is unable to return to the U.S. without being arrested, and if he sets foot in Britain he'll be extradited back to be sentenced.
So the 75-year-old is constructing look-a-like locations at the Studio Babelsberg in Potsdam-Babelsberg.
The movie, based on Robert Harris' novel, will begin shooting later this year (09), starring Pierce Brosnan, Kim Cattrall, Ewan MCGregor, Tom Wilkinson, and Jim Belushi.

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"The Ghost" casting & shooting update

The Ghost "casting & shooting update

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After nearly two decades, the controversial but extremely talented Oscar winning filmmaker Roman Polanski will finally get back to directing with a contemporary thriller titled The Ghost, to begin shooting in Germany on February 4th of this year. We covered the original news last year when Nic Cage was still attached, but AICN broke the story today about the latest casting details after receiving the press release for the film, which also ably describes the sprawling adaptation of Robert Harris' novel of the same name. Cage has been replaced by Ewan McGregor and will be joined by Pierce Brosnan, Kim Cattrall, and others.

"The movie tells the story of a former British Prime Minister, Adam Lang (Brosnan), who is holed up on an island off the Eastern seaboard of the USA in midwinter, writing his memoirs. When his long-standing aide drowns, a professional ghostwriter (McGregor) is sent out to help him finish the book. The anonymous ghostwriter is quickly drawn into a political and sexual intrigue involving Lang's wife, Ruth (Olivia Williams) and his aide (Kim Cattrall). Hanging over Lang is the threat of a war crimes trial and a mysterious secret from his past that threatens to jeopardize international relations."

As you probably caught, along with Polanski behind the camera and the page, we'll be seeing the now powerhouse cast of Ewan McGregor (taking over for Nic Cage), Pierce Brosnan, Kim Cattrall, Tom Wilkinson, Jim Belushi, and Olivia Williams in front of the camera. I really can't express my excitement for this project enough. I love Roman Polanski. He is a modern day master, deservedly on the same level as the likes of Scorsese, Spielberg, Coppola, and Scott. He's an auteur to the highest degree. And it's great to see him returning to what first made him so great.

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 The last I remember, I thought Roman Polanski was making his disaster epic titled Pompeii. But Polanski eventually left that project and now he's already started casting his next film, The Ghost. Adapted from Robert Harris' novel of the same name, the story is about a ghostwriter hired to write the memoirs of an ex-Prime Minister. MTV has learned that both Pierce Brosnan and Nicolas Cage have joined the film. Brosnan will play the British Prime Minister Adam Lang and Cage will play the currently unnamed ghostwriter. The film is actually a thriller that takes a turn when the ghostwriter learns details about a scandal which threatens to engulf the ex-Prime Minister. Can Brosnan and Cage pull it off?

Polanski is writing The Ghost himself, with the assistance of Robert Harris. Polanski explain that he has "been looking for a political thriller to direct for some time, and The Ghost could not be more perfect. Robert has constructed a novel with such suspense, it is hard to put it down." Harris also wrote the book that Polanski's Pompeii was going to be based off of, but this is another one of his British thrillers. The story was partially inspired by Tony Blair, with whom Harris was once friends with. The book has been referred to as "one of the most politically informed novels of the year" and will hit shelves in August. You can pre-order a copy on Amazon.com.

Brosnan I like, in the right roles, but Cage I don't. He hasn't yet got himself back on the right track yet. And I'm not sure a Roman Polanski political thriller is going to be the venue for his return. I think I'm interested in this project more for its politics than its story and relationship between the ghostwriter and Prime Minister. Polanski still won't step foot inside of the US, so I'm wondering if he has a bit of disdain for the States and if it will show up in this film. At the very least we can expect a solid suspense film that will hopefully captivate us to the end. And it will truly be a question of whether Brosnan and Cage can pull it off.