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Child pornography: the film “Corsage” in turmoil after the indictment of an actor

(Belga) The crew of the Austrian hit film on Sissi “Corsage”, Austrian candidate for the Oscars, was in turmoil on Sunday, after the announcement of the indictment for possession of child pornography material of the comedian who plays the Emperor Francis Joseph.

Public television ORF, which co-financed the feature film, “immediately refrains from producing and broadcasting works with Florian Teichtmeister”, can we on the website of the audiovisual group. According to the ORF, the Cineplexx cinema chain, which manages 400 theaters in twelve countries, has also withdrawn from the poster the work presented last year at the Cannes festival in the “Un certain Regard” selection. But the professional association of the film industry in Austria told AFP that it was maintaining “in consultation with the director and the producers” the candidacy of “Corsage” for the Oscars. You have to “make the difference” between the film and the conduct of its actor, she pleads, when she selected him to represent the country for the next ceremony, in the category of best foreign film. The film is currently on the shortlist of 15 non-English language works from which five finalists will be selected at the end of January. The Oscars will be presented in Hollywood on March 12. On Friday, Florian Teichtmeister’s lawyer, 43, announced to the media the indictment, since confirmed by the Vienna prosecutor’s office, of his client who intends to plead guilty and will be tried from February 8. He is accused of having possessed a large quantity of child pornography material, at least between February 2008 and August 2021. He risks up to two years of deprivation of liberty. In a press release sent to AFP on Sunday, the producers of the film “Corsage”, Johanna Scherz and Alexander Glehr, affirm that the shooting took place before “the first rumors” appeared “in the fall of 2021”. (Belga)

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