Polanski film to debut at Berlin festival

BERLIN (AP) - December 15, 2009

Polanski's movie was among a first batch of entries in the festival's main competition that was announced Tuesday. The event runs from Feb. 11-21 and is the first of the year's major European film festivals.

In the film, Pierce Brosnan stars as a former British prime minister who's writing his memoirs with the help of a ghostwriter, played by Ewan McGregor. It's Polanski's first film since 2005's "Oliver Twist."

The 76-year-old director is currently under house arrest in Switzerland, where he awaits possible extradition to the U.S. on a 32-year-old charge of sexual misconduct.

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