Dignitas inspires prize-winning Belgian film
First prize at Rome Film Festival
The cast of the black comedy about Dignitas, Please Kill Me.
A Belgian black comedy about assisted suicide has taken away the top prize at the Rome Film Festival. The Hollywood Reporter predicts that Please Kill Me will become a “cult hit” on the art house circuit.
The black and white film is obviously
inspired by Dignitas, the Swiss suicide clinic. The absurdist comedy centres on
Dr Kruger, who runs a state-financed clinic where a number of very strange
characters go to seek help in committing suicide. He is clearly modelled on
Ludwig Minelli, the director of Dignitas and even proposes the same ideals:
“one day suicide will be a human right”.
In the end, the residents of the clinic
begin fighting amongst themselves and the local village launches a bloody
attack for reasons which never become clear. There are few survivors. As we
said, it is a black comedy. ~ Hollywood
Reporter, Nov 4
- How long can you put off seeing the doctor because of lockdowns? - December 3, 2021
- House of Lords debates assisted suicide—again - October 28, 2021
- Spanish government tries to restrict conscientious objection - October 28, 2021
Mortality rates for American kids are rising for the first time in 50 years
US President Joe Biden is so concerned about the future of American children that he inserted a mandate for affordable...
Will Pope Francis be composted?
Will Pope Francis be composted instead of buried in St Peter’s Basilica in Rome with his predecessors? It’s unlikely. But...
The virtues and the vices of the outrageous
A Norwegian bioethicist, Anna Smajdor, recently set out a case for “Whole Body Gestational Donation” – using the wombs of...
More than 200 people have been treated with experimental CRISPR therapies
Scientists believe that CRISPR gene editing technologies will transform medicine. But how many people have been treated so far? According...
Asia-Pacific IVF market could reach US$46 billion by 2031
According to a market survey by Allied Market Research, IVF is booming in the Asia-Pacific region. The market size was...
Third global summit on human genome editing: Moving on after the He experiment
The much anticipated Third International Summit on Human Genome Editing was held in London earlier this month to explore the...