Shame on whoever didn’t send me an email invitation that read “Confidential” in the subject line today.
All kidding aside, If you did get that email, chances are it was a request for buyers to come and catch a first glimpse at Roman Polanski's latest film, “An Officer and a Spy.”
The film’s launch to buyers took place at Le Studio just off the Croisette, according to THR. A packed house attended the show with French star, Jean Dujardin (The Artist).
The film is about Captain Alfred Dreyfus, a French-Jewish solider wrongly accused of spying for the Germans in Paris in the 1890s.
THR goes on:
“International buyers were impressed by what appeared to be the film's epic scale despite a $25 million budget. One European distribution executive said he would have no qualms about releasing a Polanski film, despite the fact that the director, who fled the U.S. after admitting to the statutory rape of a 13-year-old girl in 1977, has become a pariah in Hollywood (his Academy membership was revoked in the wake of the #MeToo era).”
Of note: "No interest," the buyer says. Another U.S. buyer also ignored the invite. "It's just not possible to release that film in the U.S. right now," that executive explains.