Corsage: Actor Charged with Possession of Child Pornography in Austria’s Oscar Contender

Austrian actor Florian Teichtmeister, who plays Emperor Franz Joseph in Corsage, Austria’s Oscar contender, intends to plead guilty after police found tens of thousands of pornographic images in his possession.

Austrian actor Florian Teichtmeister, who stars alongside Vicky Krieps in Marie Kreutzer’s Oscar contender Corsage, has been charged with possession of child pornography.

A court spokeswoman confirmed on Friday that authorities found some 58,000 digital images featuring pornographic depictions of minors, some as young as 14, in Teichtmeister’s possession. His trial is set to begin Feb. 8. He faces up to two years in prison.

Teichtmeister intends to plead guilty and assume full responsibility, his lawyer Michael Rami said in a statement to Germany’s dpa news agency. “He confessed throughout the investigation and always cooperated with the authorities,” Rami said.

In Corsage, Teichtmeister plays Emperor Franz Joseph, the husband to lead Vicky Krieps’ Empress Elisabeth. The film is a fictional, feminist revisionist account of the 19th century monarch and her portrayal in such films as Sissi (1955) starring Romy Schneider.

The period drama premiered in Un Certain Regard in Cannes last year and is Austria’s official entry for the 2023 best international feature Oscar. Corsage, which received a limited domestic release via IFC Films in late December, made the 15 short-listed features

Vienna’s Burgtheater on Friday announced it terminated its contract with Teichtmeister, one of the theater’s ensemble members, after learning “with great horror” of the investigation from the media.

Asked for comment, IFC Films said: “We have just been made aware of the charges against Florian Teichtmeister and are deeply shocked and appalled,” adding “we will not let the actions by one supporting actor minimize or invalidate the incredible work and achievements of the entire cast and crew of Corsage.”