The trailer for the controversial film, which shows Michel Welbeck shirtless kissing a girl in bed, has been pulled
Court allowed on appeal to the famous French writer Michel Welbeck to see the erotic film in which he is acting before it is shown and will be able to raise objections to certain scenes.
The judges, however, just like the court of first instance in March, they rejected the request of the 67-year-old author to block the release of the film “Kirac 27” by Dutch filmmaker Stefan Rytenbeek.
The author has been trying for months to have the scenes shot in late 2022 by Reitenbeek banned, saying he was framed because he didn’t want to be identified.
An Amsterdam court ruled on appeal that Welbeck’s fears that the Dutchman would not honor a part of the agreement that stipulates “a game between reality and fiction” were justified, according to which the film must create the illusion love scenes with a savior.
The court pointed to an interview Reitenbeck gave to the news website Vice in February, in which he said the Frenchman was “really good in bed” which “presents primarily as fact,” that he participated in the scenes.
The judges therefore ordered the Dutch collective KIRAC (Keeping It Real Art Critics) to which Reitenbeek belongs, to show the film to the author “four weeks before its intended screening”. If Welbeck objects and the filmmaker refuses to adapt the film, the author will be able to go to court again.
KIRAC will have to pay a fine 25,000 euros if he does not comply with this court order. The screening of the film “Kirac 27” scheduled for May 26, will have to be postponed. The controversial film’s trailer, in which the writer is seen shirtless kissing a girl in bed, has been pulled.
“It is right that the client sees the footage first,” said the author’s Dutch lawyer, Jacqueline Saap, with satisfaction. This allows him to “object to certain scenes,” she added in an email to AFP, clarifying that the author is “very satisfied.”
The court rejected the author’s arguments that the contract was illegal because he was depressed and under the influence of alcohol when he signed it, but acknowledged that the sensual scenes they could damage the reputation of the author.
The Paris court, deeming it incompetent, rejected Welbeck’s request in February to ban the film.
The French author will publish on May 24 an account of the difficulties he faced with the Dutch director in a 112-page book, according to Flammarion publications.
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