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Daily Briefing. Roman Polanski Returns to Zurich

Also: Events in New York, San Francisco and Tokyo. Plus: Adrian Martin on The Tree of Life.

Big announcement from the Zurich Film Festival yesterday: "Director Roman Polanski will attend the upcoming 7th Zurich Film Festival to accept the lifetime achievement award that was intended for him two years ago, to honor his outstanding career achievements as a filmmaker. The World Premiere of a full-length nonfiction film will follow the tribute ceremony. Details regarding the film and the world premiere will not be released before the official screening on Sept 27."

You have to wonder what subject that nonfiction film will be addressing. Meantime, MoMA's Polanski retrospective reels on through September 30 and I've been posting updates on it in the entry for Carnage. Earlier: "Polanski Season," now updated with Criterion's "Three Reasons" for Cul-de-sac (1966).

On view at Microscope Gallery in New York through October 2: Independence Returns, with work by Peggy Ahwesh, Michel Auder, Agnes Bolt, Martha Colburn, Raul Vincent Enriquez, Bradley Eros, James Fotopoulos, Su Friedrich, Andrew Lampert, Jonas Mekas, Allison Somers and Nick Zedd.

The San Francisco Latino Film Festival opens today and runs through September 25. Michael Hawley's got an overview.

TOKYO FILMeX (November 19 through 27) will be featuring a retrospective of films by Shinji Sômai.

"Why should we be so scared of a cosmic or cosmological ambition in cinema?" Adrian Martin on Terrence Malick's The Tree of Life.

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