Polanski film cheered for wit, Winslet's vomit

Thu Sep 1, 2011 9:02am EDT
 
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By Mike Collett-White

VENICE, Italy (Reuters) - He may have been absent, but Roman Polanski made his presence felt at the Venice film festival on Thursday with his comedy "Carnage," in which Oscar-winner Kate Winslet's projectile vomit prompted the biggest laugh.

Some of the adaptation of Yasmina Reza's stage comedy "The God of Carnage" was written by the Franco-Polish film maker while he was under house arrest in Switzerland last year.

The 78-year-old behind the classic "Chinatown" was freed after Swiss authorities decided not to extradite him to the United States, where he is wanted for sentencing for having sex with a 13-year-old girl in 1977 in Los Angeles.

Unsurprisingly, Polanski was not on the Lido waterfront to present the world premiere of his latest picture, one of 22 in the main competition lineup in Venice.

But three of the four cast -- Oscar-winners Winslet and Christoph Waltz and John C. Reilly were at the annual cinema showcase to promote the movie.

Jodie Foster, a two-time Oscar winner, rounded off the cast, but did not attend the press conference in Venice.

Polanski set the comedy of manners in New York but filmed it in Paris, and would have been warmed by the loud applause after a press screening which elicited plenty of laughs.

Winslet, playing investment broker Nancy Cowan, won the biggest cheer for her on-screen vomit, an experience she later described as "hilarious.   Continued...