Germany goes to 'Heaven' for Oscar

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Faith Akin's "The Edge of Heaven" will be the German entry in the foreign language film Oscar category this year.

A jury appointed by German Films, an organization that represents the country's movie interests overseas, made the selection.

"Heaven" premiered earlier this year at the Cannes Film Festival where it won the prize for best screenplay and the Ecumenical Jury award. It also screened earlier this month at the Toronto Film Festival. The film is the second in a "Love, Death and the Devil" trilogy planned by writer-director Akin. "Head-On," the first installment, won the Golden Bear at the Berlin Film Festival in 2004.

Other recent international entries in this category include "Persepolis" (France), "A Man's Job" (Finland), "I Just Didn't Do It" (Japan), "Secret Sunshine" (Korea), "Kings" (Ireland) and "The Counterfeiters" (Austria).

Previous German winners of the best foreign language film Oscar include "The Tin Drum," "Nowhere in Africa" and last year's entry, "The Lives of Others."

A German-Turkish production, "Heaven" will be released in Germany on Sept. 27. An American distributor has not been confirmed at this time.

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