Hungarian police investigates the killing of a kitten for a film

Escrito por Nuria Querol i Viñas. Publicado en News in English.

Hungarian police are investigating a film director after an animal-protection charity reported him for drowning a kitten in a scene from a recent prize-winning film.




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Video (warning!!!! very graphic images)
 
 
 
 
AW: Babykatze für Kunstfilm "live"ertränkt

Kitten killed in the name of fine arts
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Hypocritical Saint (Álszent, hungarian experimental motion picture, currently w/o IMDB page) presented at 38th Hungarian Film Week shows explicitly the suffocation of a cat. Torture of an animal - or is it > fine art? The jury denies any knowledge of the shooting conditions of the film about cult activist, even while in february it was no sort of secret.

Best Experimental Film was awarded to Hypocritical Saint directed by "Nicolaus MYSLICKI", a motion picture, that shows the suffocation and agony of a cat for more than two minutes. The scene is not a trickery, the cat actually dies after long pains and suffering, as hungarian internet movie portal Filmpont.hu states.

Animal abuse in sect movie
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The movie, depicting a sect leader seeking the way of God, won the award for being outrageous in shooting and in storyboard, and for depicting a sacral topic in unconventional ways.
Director and dramatist Zoltan TOEPLER (using pen name Nickolaus MYSLICKI) admitted, that the animal died during the shot, while he was defending with the cat was sick, and was awaiting mercy killing on the next day.
 
Saturday, April 28, 2007 at 10:15
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Hungarian police investigate kitten murder in film
 
Budapest (dpa) - Hungarian police are investigating a film director after an animal-protection charity reported him for drowning a kitten in a scene from a recent prize-winning film.
 

The Herman Otto Animal and Nature Defence Association reported Zoltan Toepler after he admitted that a kitten really died in the scene from his film Alszent (Hypocrite).

A statement by the association said the animal had been killed with the greatest possible suffering to achieve "the desired effect," and called this a serious crime against society.

The association said that according to Hungarian law, animals could only be killed for acceptable reasons, such as incurable illnesses and academic research.

It also pointed out that animals could only be killed by drugs, as this caused the least suffering.

Toepler released a statement in response to hate mail, including death threats, he received after the complaint came to light.

The director said that while the animal had been killed, he had received the footage from an outside source.

"I didn't drown the kitten, but when a colleague showed me the footage, I said this must go in the film," he said. ""When I asked where the footage came from, I was told that it was a sick animal incapable of living that was put down."

"I would judge those who torture feeling creatures, but not the cameraman who filmed it," he continued.

The film, which Toepler made under the name Nicolaus Myslicki, won a special prize at the 2007 Hungarian Film Week for best experimental short.

Members of the film-week jury said in statement on the event's website that they would withdraw the award if it could be proven beyond a doubt that the animal was killed simply for the sake of the film.