German sales agents will be at the AFM presenting a diverse range of product from the territory. Bavaria Film International will have a promo-reel of Esther Gronenborn's mystery thriller Kaifeck Murder, starring Benno Furmann and Alexandra Maria Lara, which is inspired by one of Germany's most infamous crimes.
Telepool will screen a promo-reel of Anno Saul's fantasy The Door (Die Tur), based on German-Turkish writer Akif Pirincci's novel of the same name, about a painter, played by Mads Mikkelsen, who is in the grip of a mid-life crisis when he discovers a door to the past. Telepool will also present Oscar-winning director Stefan Ruzowitzky's first film since The Counterfeiters, Lilly The Witch - The Dragon And The Magic Book, which will be released by Walt Disney in Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Italy and Spain next February.
Atlas Film International is aiming for the teen market with Ute Wieland's Cheeky Girls, based on a bestselling series of books, which was released by Constantin Film this summer and posted more than 1 million admissions. Beta Cinema will be showing Nicolai Rohde's drama 10 Seconds, inspired by true events about a plane crash in 2002, focusing on four people whose fates are irrevocably linked. Marie Baeumer, Hannah Herzsprung, Sebastian Blomberg and Wolfram Koch star. In addition, the latest family animation from Caligari Film and ndF, Der Mondbar, based on the children's books by Rolf Fanger and Ulrike Moltgen, will be presented for the first time by Beta following its German theatrical release.
German producers are reaping the benefits of the German Federal Film Fund's (Dfff) incentive programme which is ploughing $76m (EUR60m) a year into the sector. Projects in the works for at the 2009 markets include teen pictures such as Vivian Naefe's Wild Chicks In Love and Rainer Matsutani's Gangs; lavish costume dramas such as Jo Baier's Henri Quatre, Margarethe von Trotta's Vision and Sonke Wortmann's Pope Joan; and thrillers such as Saul's The Door and Bettina Oberli's Tannod.
Locally produced family entertainment always does well in Germany. Two hot titles coming up are Michael 'Bully' Herbig's Vicky The Viking and the latest in the successful Laura's Star animation franchise.