Director Roman Polanski's latest film, 'The Ghost Writer,' unspooled Friday during the opening day of the Berlin International Film Festival and though critics were mixed in their reviews, there was one thing everyone agreed upon: This had to be the first time that a director was unable to attend his own film premiere because he was under house arrest.

Polanksi, whose life off-screen has been almost as turbulent as some of the images he's created on-screen, is electronically tethered to a Swiss chalet, awaiting possible extradition to the U.S. on 32-year-old rape charges. But, according to a report at indieWIRE, Polanski's presence hovered over the screening and press conference that followed the Friday morning viewing.
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