Roman Polanski Gives Up on Locarno - A Sad Day
After several rainy days, today the sun shines in Locarno, but for me it is the darkest day since I have been asked to be the director of this Festival.
The decision of Roman Polanski to decline my invitation saddens me deeply.
Today I am sad because the participants of the Festival del film Locarno will be deprived of meeting an extraordinary artist, who embraced our proposal of giving a unique Cinema masterclass.
I am sad because the audience of the Piazza Grande won’t be able to salute a Master of Cinema. I am sad because the idea of the Festival as a meeting and debating place today receives a big blow.
I have the greatest respect for freedom of expression for everyone and I have decided to listen to every criticism with the right attention.
I feel that this time some positions have crossed boundaries, and through verbal violence and manipulation of reality, they have become an unacceptable attack to personal dignity.
I understand and respect the decision of Roman Polanski. I sincerely hope that this missed opportunity for growth won’t sound like a victory for those who want to bridle the Festival, but becomes a platform to relaunch it as a space for hospitality and freedom.Carlo Chatrian