Austria’s Academy Award nominee Corsage and Sissi were in turmoil on Sunday after news broke that Florian Teichtmeister, the actor who plays the Emperor, had been charged with possession of child pornography. François-Joseph. ORF public television, which co-financed the feature film, “immediately refrains from producing and broadcasting works with Florian Teichtmeister”, can we read on the website of the audiovisual group. According to the ORF, the cinema chain Cineplex, which manages 400 theaters in twelve countries, has also withdrawn from the poster the work presented last year at the Cannes Film Festival in the “Un certain regard” selection. But the association Austrian film industry professional told AFP that she was maintaining, “in consultation with the director and the producers”, Corsage’s candidacy 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 fifteen 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. See also on KonbiniFriday, Florian Teichtmeister’s lawyer, 43, announced to the media the indictment, since confirmed by the Vienna prosecution, of his client, who counts 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, claim that filming took place before “the first rumors” appeared “in the fall of 2021”. Confronted, the actor had told them “with conviction” that they were “false”, adding: “In the meantime, we have informed in detail our co-producers, distributors and commercial partners, financiers and sponsors as well as the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences [qui remet les Oscars] on the facts currently available to the public.”The film, which is a success in theaters and has been presented in nearly 70 festivals where it has received several awards, has been purchased by more than 90 countries. It was released at the end of December in the United States. Florian Teichtmeister attended premieres in Austria and Germany. Corsage director and screenwriter Marie Kreutzer said she was “saddened and angry that a feminist film […] is so dirty and damaged by the horrible actions of a single person.” The Austrian national theater Burgtheater, where the actor is a member, has also announced the dismissal of the latter with immediate effect.
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