Germany sends ‘Heaven’ to Oscars

Akin pic competed in Cannes

COLOGNE — Fatih Akin’s “The Edge of Heaven” will be repping Germany in the race for the foreign language film Oscar.

The German-Turkish love drama has been selected by a jury appointed by German Films, the org that reps the country’s movie biz abroad.

Akin quipped: “I am extremely happy. What luck that Tom Tykwer filmed ‘Perfume’ in English.”

Pic is the second part of trilogy “Love, Death and the Devil.” The first part, “Head-On,” won the Golden Bear at the Berlin Film Festival in 2004.

Pic was produced by Akin’s Hamburg-based shingle Corazon International, German pubcaster NDR, Turkish shingle Anka Film and Dorje Film in Rome.

“Heaven” premiered in competish at the Cannes Film Festival, where it won the prize for screenplay and the award of the ecumenical jury.

The Match Factory has sold “Heaven” to more than 50 territories, including France, Italy, Spain, U.K., Japan, Korea, Australia, Argentina, Brazil and Canada.

Pandora will released the pic in Germany on Sept. 27.

Last year’s foreign language pic entry from Germany, Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck’s “The Lives of Others,” won the Oscar.

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