Cannibal's lawyer criticises film plan

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8 July 2004 , ROTENBURG - The lawyer for a German convicted of killing and partially devouring his victim has criticised plans for a film version of the cannibal story. Harald Ermel, who represented self-confessed cannibal Armin Meiwes in the trial early this year, described the plans by gay filmmaker Rosa von Praunheim as an exercise in "tasteless pomposity". He said he would take legal action against any violation of Meiwes's rights. Praunheim, 61, who has shocked audiences for more than 30 years with of

8 July 2004

ROTENBURG - The lawyer for a German convicted of killing and partially devouring his victim has criticised plans for a film version of the cannibal story.

Harald Ermel, who represented self-confessed cannibal Armin Meiwes in the trial early this year, described the plans by gay filmmaker Rosa von Praunheim as an exercise in "tasteless pomposity".

He said he would take legal action against any violation of Meiwes's rights.

Praunheim, 61, who has shocked audiences for more than 30 years with often outrageous films, said earlier this week the new production has the working title "Dein Herz In Meinem Hirn" (Your Heart In My Brain).

The film is being supported with a grant of EUR 20,000 from North Rhine-Westphalia state's film foundation.

Praunheim said the new film, his 51st, will be based on the life story of Meiwes, who was sentenced to eight and a half years in prison by a court in Kassel in January for the death of a man he had met via an Internet chat room.

During the headline-grabbing trial, Meiwes said his victim had begged to be killed and eaten. Prosecution videotapes recording the killing backed up his testimony, and the court convicted him of manslaughter, not murder.

The filmmaker said the film would be set in jail, with Meiwes reflecting on his childhood obsession to eat someone he loves.

Prosecutors appealed against the sentencing which they regarded as too mild, but no date has yet been set for a hearing.

Ermel said that until the conviction is confirmed there would be "no authorised publication" about Meiwes' life. Meiwes himself had not sold or granted any rights to his life story, he said.

 DPA

Subject: German news

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