'Perfume' highlights EFM's German showcase


COLOGNE, Germany -- Oscar-nominated Stasi drama "The Lives Of Others," fragrant blockbuster "Perfume: The Story of a Murderer" and controversial comedy "Mein Fuehrer: The Truly Truest Truth About Adolf Hitler" are among the titles selected for the Berlinale's European Film Market's German Cinema showcase.

The lineup, which provides a cross-section of the most successful and critically acclaimed German-language films of the past year -- along with a few new titles -- includes Marcus H. Rosenmueller's sleeper hit "Grave Decisions"; Chris Kraus' award-winning "4 Minutes"; Matthias Luthardt's "Pingpong," which won the screenwriting award in Cannes; and Ralf Westhoff's speed-dating comedy "Shoppen," which was snapped up for German release by X Verleih following its debut at the Hof Film days.

The 17 titles picked for this year's showcase will be screened at the CinemaxX 1 cinema Feb. 9-17.

A full list of German Cinema titles follows.

"A Friend Of Mine" Sebastian Schipper (sales: Telepool)

"Emma's Bliss" Sven Taddicken (sales: The Match Factory)

"4 Minutes" Chris Kraus (sales: Beta Cinema)

"Grave Decisions" Marcus H. Rosenmueller (sales: Beta Cinema)

"Mein Fuhrer" Dani Levy (sales: Beta Cinema)

"Neandertal" Ingo Haeb, Jan-Christoph Glaser (sales: Rommel Film)

"Offset" Didi Danquart (sales: Bavaria Film International)

"Perfume: The Story of a Murderer" Tom Tykwer (sales: Summit Film Sales)

"Pingpong" Matthias Luthardt (sales: Media Luna Entertainment)

"Shoppen" Ralf Westhoff (sales: Drife Prods.)

"Summer '04" Stefan Krohmer (sales: Bavaria Film International)

"The Cloud" Gregor Schnitzler (sales: Bavaria Film International)

"The Last Train" Joseph Vilsmaier, Dana Vavrova (sales: Telepool)

"The Lives Of Others" Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck (sales: Beta Cinema)

"Warchild" Christian Wagner (sales: Christian Wagner Film)

"While You Are Here" Stefan Westerwelle (sales: Kunsthochschule fuer Medien KHM)