The film crew of Corsage, an Austrian film nominee for an Oscar, is in turmoil. The actor was caught for child pornography.
On Friday, Florian Teichtmeister’s lawyer, 43, told the media about the indictment, confirmed by the Vienna prosecutor’s office, against his client, who intends to plead guilty and stand trial from February 8.
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Published on 01/16/2023 at 02:04
FROMstupor at the Oscars, less than two months before the ceremony in Hollywood. The actor of the popular film was accused of possessing child pornography. We are talking about the actor Florian Teichtmeister, who plays Emperor François Joseph in The Corsage, a film about Sissi and an Oscar nominee from Austria. Public television ORF, which co-financed the feature film, issued a press release saying it “immediately refrains from producing and broadcasting works with Florian Teichtmeister” on the audiovisual group’s website.
Cinema chain Cineplexx, which operates 400 theaters in 12 countries, has also retired a work that was shown in last year’s Un Certain Regard selection at the Cannes Film Festival, according to ORF. But Austria’s film industry professional association told AFP that it supported Corsage’s Oscar nomination “in consultation with the director and producers.” You have to “make a difference” between the film and its actor’s behavior, she pleads when she chooses him to represent the country at the next ceremony in the Best Foreign Film category.
The film is currently on the shortlist of 15 non-English-language entries, with five finalists to be selected at the end of January. The Oscars will be presented in Hollywood on March 12.
Florian Teichtmeister intends to plead guilty
On Friday, Florian Teichtmeister’s lawyer, 43, told the media about the indictment, confirmed by the Vienna prosecutor’s office, against his client, who intends to plead guilty and stand trial from February 8. He is accused of possessing a large amount of child pornography material between at least February 2008 and August 2021. He faces up to two years in prison.
In a press release sent to AFP on Sunday, Corsage producers Johanna Scherz and Alexander Gler claim that filming took place before the “first rumors” appeared “in the fall of 2021”.
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The film, which became a hit in cinemas and presented at almost 70 festivals, won several awards, was bought in more than 90 countries. It was released in late December in the US. Florian Teichtmeister attended the premieres in Austria and Germany.
Corsage director and screenwriter Marie Kreutzer said she was “saddened and angry that the feminist film […] be so smeared and damaged by the terrible actions of one man.” The Austrian national theater Burgtheater, of which the actor is a member, also announced his dismissal with immediate effect.