BERLIN — “The Ghost Writer,” the new film from incarcerated director Roman Polanski, will premiere in competition at the 60th Berlin International Film Festival.
The thriller, which Polanski shot in Studio Babelsberg outside Berlin and finished while in prison in Switzerland, stars Ewan McGregor as an author hired to ghostwrite the memoirs of a former British Prime Minister (Pierce Brosnan) who discovers a dark secret that puts his life in danger.
The decision to screen “The Ghost Writer” in competition is a controversial one. The Berlin jury’s verdict on the film may be seen as taking sides in the ongoing legal debate.
But the premiere will provide plenty of free publicity for Summit Entertainment, who just picked up North American rights to “The Ghost Writer” and plan to release the film in the first half of 2010.
The Berlin festival is set for Feb. 11-21.