Roman Polanski Makes Rare Public Appearance at Harvey Weinstein’s Screening of ‘Big Eyes’ in Gstaad (Exclusive)

The European jet set gather to catch Amy Adams’ art film at luxe holiday spot’s Alpina Hotel

Last Updated: December 29, 2014 @ 6:55 PM

Harvey Weinstein and wife Georgina Chapman gave a belated holiday gift to high-profile pals like director Roman Polanski and producer Mark Ronson, screening “Big Eyes” for a European A-list in Gstaad, Switzerland.

The Monday evening screening was held at the luxurious new Alpina Hotel, drawing RSVPs from deep-pocketed art collectors.

Polanski’s attendance marks a rare outing for the director, who recently lost a bid to dismiss sexual assault charges from 1977 that would allow his reentry to the United States.

At the time, Polanski was charged with raping 13-year-old Samantha Geimer. He accepted a plea bargain and was serving time for psychiatric evaluation. Upon learning a judge intended to hand down additional jail time, he fled the country before final sentencing, settling in France.

“Big Eyes,” which features a buzzworthy performance from Amy Adams as painter Margaret Keane, also attracted the influential art set.

European collector families like the Manoukians, the Amons, Peter Soros and Olivier Berggruen were represented, as well as Chopard’s Caroline Scheufele.

The last-minute shindig comes on the heels of the film’s Italian premiere on the island of Capri. Golden Globe nominee Adams isn’t hurting for compliments of her portrayal of Keane, famous for her “saucer-eyed” portraits, though promotion for the movie saw turbulence over a “Today” show interview.

The actress confirmed that she was pulled from the NBC morning show on Monday after refusing to answer questions about the Sony hack.

“I was informed that they had decided to pull the interview,” Adams said. “I was confused and definitely frustrated. I still don’t understand.”

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