German cannibal's story for the big screen
July 06, 2004
Dusseldorf, Germany — A gay filmmaker in Germany announced plans Monday to bring to
the big screen the story of the man convicted earlier this year of
killing and partially devouring his homosexual lover.
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).
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
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.
filmmaker said the film would bet 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. – Sapa-DPA
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