Int'l buyers flock to German Film Previews

Market runs through Sunday in Cologne

COLOGNE, Germany -- A new trend toward more marketable films out of Germany has attracted about 80 international buyers to Cologne for the German Film Previews market.

Now in its eighth year, market, which runs Thursday to Sunday, has swelled in size and importance as German titles including "The Lives of Others" and "The Edge of Heaven" have racked up international sales. The three-day event offers buyers a sneak peak at the latest German productions, most as worldwide debuts.

While German-language films have traditionally been a hard sell abroad, Julie Kroll of Summerland Entertainment, attending her third Previews market, believes German sales operations are evolving to suit buyers' demands.

"They are getting more into English-language co-productions and are doing more genre films, thrillers, action or horror films," Kroll told The Hollywood Reporter. "I think Germany is ready to take off."

Among this year's highlights are The Match Factory's World War II thriller "Flame & Citron" and Beta Cinema's rock climbing drama "North Face."