By Kate Ward
Updated July 29, 2011 at 09:56 PM EDT
Guy Ferrandis

New York Film Festival-goers, prepare for some Carnage during opening night. Of course, I’m referring to Roman Polanski’s adaptation of the 2009 Broadway play God of Carnage, which will kick off the 49th annual NYFF. Don’t, however, expect Carnage director Roman Polanski to show up at the event — the controversial figure still hasn’t entered the U.S. since pleading guilty in 1978 to having sex with a minor. (Last year, U.S. officials attempted to have him extradited to the U.S. after his arrest in Switzerland, but with no success.)

Carnage, which follows two Brooklyn-based couples who meet after their kids become involved in a playground scuffle, stars Jodie Foster, Kate Winslet, Christoph Waltz, and John C. Reilly. Said the Film Society of Lincoln Center’s Selection Committee Chair & Program Director Richard Peña in a release: “From Knife In the Water (which screened at the first edition of NYFF in 1963) to Repulsion to The Tenant, Roman Polanski has shown himself to be an absolute master at making the most restricted spaces come to dramatic life. In CARNAGE, aided by four remarkable performances, he has reached a new pinnacle in his already extraordinary career”

The NYFF runs from Sept. 30 to Oct. 16

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