Venice: Roman Polanski’s ‘An Officer and a Spy’ Wins 2019 Fipresci Prize

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Venice: Roman Polanski’s ‘An Officer and a Spy’ Wins 2019 Fipresci Prize
The Fipresci (International Federation of Film Critics) has handed out its prize in the 76th Venice International Film Festival’s competition to Roman Polanski’s “An Officer and a Spy,” which wraps its 2019 edition on September 7.

Originally titled “J’accuse,” the French drama about the Dreyfus affair, scripted by Polanski and Robert Harris, is based on Harris’ 2013 novel of the same name. It tells the true story of Georges Picquart, the 19th-century French army officer and Minister of War, as he struggles to expose the truth about the doctored evidence that sent Alfred Dreyfus, a French artillery officer of Jewish ancestry convicted in 1894 of treason, to Devil’s Island. The French penal colony operated in the 19th and 20th century in the Islands of French Guiana, located in South America.

Starring as Georges Picquart is French actor Jean Dujardin, who leaped to international fame with his performance as George Valentin
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