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Saturday is invariably both the best and worst day of the entire festival. It's the best in the sense that there is no shortage of high-profile movies, events and parties to attend. It's the worst in the sense that everyone--and I include the entire under-25 population of Salt Lake City--knows this. Saturday simply has the most intense crowds of the entire festival. It's the perfect day to avoid Main Street and hole up in press screenings. This is what I had planned to do, but fate decided otherwise. That, however, is a story for later in this column.

Saturday morning kicked off with an 8:30 screening of Roman Polanski: Wanted and Desired. It debuted Friday night to an intense bidding war that was eventually settled when The Weinstein Company bought the international rights and HBO picked up the domestic. The film itself is a largely sympathetic portrait of Polanksi's conviction of unlawful intercourse with a minor and subsequent, continuing exile to Europe. Director Marina Zenovich had unprecedented access to many of the players involved in the scandal and what emerges from the long-gestating doc is a belief that Polanski may have been wrongly convicted.