Ulrich Seidel has canceled a visit to San Sebastian for the premiere of his latest film. Sparta After a report by the German magazine Der Spiegel raised concerns about the treatment of the young cast members during production.
In a statement, Seidel said: “I am very grateful to José Luis Rebordeños for standing by him. Sparta From the beginning, despite the media pressure and the huge uproar that suddenly came with it. It means a lot to me. The initial motivation for coming to San Sebastian was not to leave alone the film that my team and I have worked on for so many years. However, I felt that my presence at the premiere could affect the reception of the film now that the time has come. Sparta to speak for itself.”
Sparta Still scheduled to screen at the festival in competition on September 18. The film was pulled from TIFF following the allegations.
The film’s story revolves around a German man struggling with a penchant for pedophilia, who seeks a fresh start in a Romanian backwater, where he transforms a dilapidated school into a safe haven for local children. Is. The production features Romanian child actors aged 9-16.
According to an investigative report by Der Spiegel, the parents of these actors told the magazine that they were not informed about the themes and subject matter of the film during the shooting of the film.
Seidel has denied any wrongdoing during the shooting, posting a statement on her website responding to the article.