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Three native pix top German chart

BERLIN — For the first time in German box office history, films carrying the German stamp hold the top three spots on the national charts.

“Since we began compiling the box office charts in 1988 this hasn’t yet happened,” a rep from the German distributor’s association Verleihverband said.

Ruling the roost this week is the new Til Schweiger road movie “Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door,” which debuted at No. 1 last weekend.

The second-ranked film is Berlin Film Festival-opener “Smilla’s Sense of Snow,” co-produced by Munich-based Constantin topper Bernd Eichinger and directed by Denmark’s Bille August.

Tipped by one festival heavyweight as the German film headed to Cannes, Helmut Dietl’s “Rossini, or the Murderous Question of Who Slept With Whom” is ranked third. The sendup of the Munich film world is on track to receive a Golden Screen Award (3 million viewers).

Whether distrib Constantin will take “Rossini” international is a big question. A similar question surrounds BVI’s “Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door.”

A fourth homegrown entry in the German top 10 is “Jenseits der Stille” (Beyond Silence), Caroline Link’s drama about a deaf couple’s musically gifted child that occupies the eighth slot.

Bavaria Film confirmed sales of the pic last week to Cinemien Film and Video Distribution for the Netherlands, Pandora Co. for Japan and Shapira Films for Israel, with further sales under negotiation.

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