Why Is Pedro Almodóvar Trying to Keep Roman Polanski Free?


After the Polish-French filmmaker was arrested on a 30-year-old warrant, some 100 entertainment industry heavies signed a letter petitioning for Roman Polanski’s freedom. “Filmmakers in France, in Europe, in the United States and around the world are dismayed by this decision,” it read, hoping to lend support to the child rapist’s cause. Among those joining the letter? Gay director Pedro Almodovar (who is now free of cocaine and writer’s block). Perhaps it’s not terribly surprising that one famous artsy director is standing by another. And besides, Almodovar has already done the whole “child sex abuse” thing.