Cannibal’s story to hit the big screen
6 July 2004
DUSSELDORF – A gay filmmaker in Germany has announced plans to bring to the big screen the story of the man convicted earlier this year of killing and partially devouring his homosexual lover.
Rosa von Praunheim, 61, whose has shocked audiences for more than 30 years with often outrageous films bearing such titles as “Can I Be Your Bratwurst, Please?”, said the new production has the working title “Dein Herz In Meinem Hirn” (Your Heart In My Brain).
Praunheim said the new film, his 51st, will be based on the life story of Armin Meiwes, who was sentenced to eight and a half years in prison by a court in Kassel last January for the death of Bernd Brandes, a man he had met via an Internet chat room seeking gay lovers to “gobble up”.
During the headline-grabbing trial, Meiwes said his victim had begged to be killed and eaten. Prosecution videotapes Meiwes had recorded of the killing backed up his testimony. Agreeing with that argument, the court convicted him of manslaughter, not murder.
The filmmaker said the film would be set in jail as Meiwes reflects on his childhood Hansel-and-Gretel obsession to eat someone he loves.
Praunheim first came to prominence in Germany in 1971 when his shockingly frank debut film about gay men who engage in anonymous sexual activities was shown on television and spawned a national controversy. It was entitled “It Is Not the Homosexual Who Is Perverse, But the Society in Which He Lives” and was shown worldwide at film festivals.
Subject: German news