Film director Roman Polanski, freed from house arrest this week after Switzerland refused a US extradition request related to charges of having sex with a minor, made his first appearance since his release at the Montreux Jazz Festival on Saturday.
AFP - Film director Roman Polanski, freed this week after Switzerland refused a US extradition request, said Saturday he felt warm affection for the country despite his arrest last year.
The 76-year-old director, who will make his first public appearance since his release to see his wife Emmanuelle Seigner perform at the Montreaux Jazz Festival Saturday, made his remarks in an interview with Swiss television to be broadcast Saturday night.
"I maintain a great friendship for Switzerland and above all ... for its people who solidly supported me," he said.
"I do not know what I am going to do next," the Oscar-winning film-maker said, according to the transcript of the interview on the website of Television Suisse Romande. "For the moment, I am happy to be free."
The French-Polish director of "The Pianist" and "Chinatown" said his son Elvis had cut the electronic bracelet he had worn throughout his house arrest in Gstaad, adding that he "could easily have escaped but I never wanted to."
Polanski thanked the people of Gstaad for bringing him flowers, wine and supporting him throughout the surveillance period at his luxury chalet.
Actress and singer Seigner, who closes the Montreux Jazz Festival in the small Swiss town by Lake Leman, told local radio that her husband would be in the audience for the concert at 1800 GMT.
The 44-year-old Seigner told Radio Suisse Romande that she was "very happy that he will be there tonight because he has not seen my concert before."
Date created : 2010-07-17