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German Cannibal the Subject of Four Films

We all remember the German cannibal who killed a man he met online and then proceeded to gourmandize on him, right? That all began back in March of 2001. The cannibal's name was Armin Meiwes, and his victim was Jürgen Brandes. Last year Rosa von Praunheim's film based on the absurd tragedy was shown at the Montréal Film Festival, according to the IMDb. It's called "Dein Herz in meinem Hirn" ("Your Heart in My Head"). The Guardian offered some details about the production prior to its festival outing, so you can play catch-up here. There also appears to have been a television documentary about the case in 2004. Click here to see the IMDb's entry for "The Man Who Ate His Lover."

But apparently enough is enough, because the eater of men is not so keen on having his story flaunted before the public yet again. Digital Spy reports that Meiwes is taking legal action to prevent "Butterfly, a Grimm Love Story" from being released this March because he feels that it's based on his story. His lawyer is also concerned that the film might have a negative effect on the next phase of his client's trial. Meanwhile, Meiwes has given his blessing to another documentary project that will cover his life and trial, so you work out the man's rationale.

It's unclear how much of his eight-and-a-half-year sentence Meiwes will in fact serve when all is said and done, but he seems to be preparing for a fair stint; the Guardian mentions that he's working on his autobiography. Oh joy.--Pete Mesling

Posted by Pete on January 10, 2006 8:35 PM
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