Polanski on Visit to Israel, Fonda and Hayden Due Next Month

Roman Polanski, the Polish-both Jewish film director and Holocaust survivor, is on his first visit to Israel to inspect possible locations for his next, film “The Pirates.” It will be produced by an Israeli businessman, Arnon Milchan, who is Polanski’s hast and guide for his 10-day visit, and Sam Weinberg.

The 47-year-old movie-maker was saved from the Holocaust when his father had him smuggled out of the Cracow ghetto after the Nazi occupation of Poland. He achieved international fame for his film, “Knife in the Water,” made in Poland, and for his American films such as “Rosemary’s Baby” and “Chinatown.” While in Israel, Polanski will attend the screening of his latest film, “Tess,” based on the Thomas Hardy novel “Tess of the D’Urbervilles.” The proceeds will be donated to charity.

Meanwhile, it was learned that the American film actress and political activist Jane Fonda will visit Israel next month with her husband, Tom Hayden, and movie director Sidney Pollack. She will attend screenings of excerpts from several of her films, the proceeds of which will go to help the financially distressed Haifa Theater.

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