Venice: Roman Polanski’s ‘The Palace’ Sells Across Europe

Venice: Roman Polanski’s ‘The Palace’ Sells Across Europe

Roman Polanski still has no trouble finding an audience in Europe, regardless of the ongoing debates in the U.S. over his proper place in the film culture of past and present.

French sales outfit Goodfellas has inked a slew of deals for the 90-year-old director’s upcoming dark comedy The Palace, which premieres at the Venice Film Festival on Saturday.

Distribution agreements are set for Spain (Vértigo Films), Germany (Weltkino), Greece (Spentzos), Portugal (Nos Lusomondo), Benelux (Paradiso Films), Bulgaria (Beta Film), Yugoslavia (MCF), Hungary (Cirko), the Czech Republic and Slovakia (Pilot Films), the Baltics (Best Film), CIS (Pro:vzglyad) and Israel (United King).

The Palace takes place in Switzerland’s Gstaad Palace luxury hotel and centers its black comedy on the interactions between the venue’s serving staff and the wildly wealthy guests who stay there during the run-up to a New Year party to ring in the new millennium of 2000. The film’s large ensemble cast includes Mickey Rourke, John Cleese and Fanny Ardant. Polanski co-wrote the film with his decades-long friend and collaborator Polish director Jerzy Skolimowski and producer Ewa Piaskowska. The film is scored by Alexandre Desplat.

The film has no distribution in place for the U.S. or the U.K., where criticism towards Polansky remains pointed over the unresolved 1973 charges against him of unlawful sex with a minor.