"Perfume: The Story of A Murder"
The Filmmakers


TOM TYKWER (director/co-screenwriter/composer)
ANDREW BIRKIN (co-screenwriter)
FRANK GRIEBE (director of photography)
ULI HANISCH (production designer)
ALEX BERNER (editor)
PIERRE-YVES GAYRAUD (costume designer)

TOM TYKWER directs BEN WHISHAW, who plays the perfumer Jean-Baptiste Grenouille in a scene in DreamWorks Pictures’ and Constantin Film’s dark metaphysical suspense drama, PERFUME-THE STORY OF A MURDERER. DreamWorks Pictures and Constantin Film present a Bernd Eichinger production, a Tom Tykwer film, a Constantin Film/VIP Medienfonds 4 production, in co-production with NEF Productions and Castelao Productions, “Perfume-The Story of a Murderer,” starring Ben Whishaw, Alan Rickman, Rachel Hurd-Wood and Dustin Hoffman, narrated by John Hurt. Directed by Tom Tykwer, the screenplay is by Andrew Birkin & Bernd Eichinger & Tom Tykwer, from the novel by Patrick Süskind. Produced by Bernd Eichinger; co-produced by Gigi Oeri, the film is a German-French-Spanish co-production. Copyright ©2006 by DreamWorks LLC and Constantin Film Produktion GmbH/VIP Medienfonds 4 GmbH & Co. KG/NEF Productions S.A./Castelao Productions S.A.. All Rights Reserved. Photo: Jurgen Olczyk

TOM TYKWER (director/co-screenwriter/composer) was born in Wuppertal in 1965. The young film enthusiast was making his first Super-8 films at the age of 11. After the two short films, “Because” and “Epilog,” he made his first feature film, “Deadly Maria,” in 1993. In 1994, Tykwer founded the production company X Filme Creative Pool with Stefan Arndt, Wolfgang Becker and Dani Levy.

He directed his second film, “Winter Sleepers,” in 1996/97. Tykwer’s next project was the most successful German film of 1998: “Run Lola Run.” The film went on to great critical acclaim, winning the Gold German Film Awards for feature film, direction, cinematography, editing, supporting actor, and supporting actress. The film was also honored with the Audience Award as German Film of the Year.

His next film project, “The Princess and the Warrior,” was shown at the Venice Film Festival and went on to be awarded the Silver German Film Award for Best Film. Tykwer’s last full-length feature film, “Heaven,” opened the Berlin International Film Festival in February 2002.

After graduating from Munich’s Television and Film Academy in 1973, BERND EICHINGER (producer/co-screenwriter) founded his first production company, Solaris Film, and began a career that was to change the course of the German film industry. His early productions brought international attention to a “new German filmmakers” like Wim Wenders (“The Wrong Movement), Edgar Reitz (“Zero Hour”), Hans W. Geissendörfer (“The Glass Cell”), and Wolfgang Petersen (“The Consequence”).

In 1979, Eichinger assumed directorship of Constantin Film, the Munich-based production and distribution company that he has guided to the forefront of the international film industry. Among his most successful international productions are: Wolfgang Petersen’s “The Neverending Story,” Uli Edel’s “Christiane F.” and “Last Exit to Brooklyn,” Jean Jacques Annaud’s “The Name of the Rose,” Doris Dörrie’s “Me & Him,” and Bille August’s “The House of Spirits” and “Smilla’s Sense of Snow.”

Eichinger co-produced the Best Foreign Language Oscar® winning “Nowhere in Africa” and the box-office hits “Resident Evil” and its sequel, “Resident Evil: Apocalypse.” “Downfall,” starring Bruno Ganz as Adolf Hitler, was one of 2005’s foreign language Oscar® nominees. His most recent production, “Fantastic Four,” based on the Marvel comics, was a No. 1 boxoffice-hit on screens throughout the world.

ANDREW BIRKIN (co-screenwriter), son of the late actress Judy Campbell, and brother of actress Jane Birkin, was born in London in 1945. At the age of 16, he dropped out of school to work as a messenger at the 20th Century Fox’s London office, working his way up to production assistant on various films. In 1966, he was assigned to “2001: A Space Odyssey,” where he caught Kubrick’s attention by suggesting a British location for the “Dawn of Man” sequence. He filmed the second unit sequences over Scotland and subsequently became the legendary director’s assistant.

In the following years Birkin wrote scripts for television and film, among them the BBC’s award-winning series on Peter Pan creator J.M. Barrie titled “The Lost Boys” and “The Name of the Rose.” He made his directorial debut in 1988 with “The Burning Secret,” the adaptation of Stefan Zweig’s novella “Brennendes Geheimnis”. Birkin directed two other films, both for producer Bernd Eichinger: “Salt on Our Skin” and “The Cement Garden,” with his niece Charlotte Gainsbourg in the lead role. For the latter film, he was awarded the Silver Bear as best director at the Berlin Film Festival.

FRANK GRIEBE (director of photography) is considered one of the best cinematographers in Germany. In 1998 he was awarded the German Film Prize for “Wintersleepers” and “Trains’n’Roses.” In 1999, he received the award for the second time for his work on “Run Lola Run.” Griebe worked as DP for the fourth time with Tom Tykwer on his film “The Princess and the Warrior,” for which he was nominated for the 2001 European Film Awards. He was also cameraman on Sebastian Schipper’s directing debut “Gigantics,” Doris Dörie’s “Naked,” and Leander Haussmann’s “Berlin Blues.”

Griebe began his career with an apprenticeship as a film processor. From 1984 to 1986 he trained to become a state-recognised camera assistant, and subsequently spent seven years working as such with cameramen like Herbert Müller, Michael Teutsch, Jürgen Jürges and Erling-Thurmann Andersen on film and television productions, documentaries and commercials. His many honors include the 1993 Kodak Prize, the 1994 German Camera Prize, and the 1995 student prize at the Manaki Brothers Camera Festival in Bitola.

Before working on Tom Tykwer’s “Heaven,” ULI HANISCH (production designer) worked as art director on “Wintersleepers” and “The Princess and the Warrior,” and is considered one of the top people in his field in Germany. He was recently responsible for the art direction on “The Experiment,” for which he was awarded a German Film Prize for set design.

Hanisch was born in Nuremberg in 1967. Following his studies in visual communication in Düsseldorf, he worked as a graphic designer for various advertising agencies. In 1987 he began his collaboration with Christoph Schlingensief on his films “The German Chainsaw Massacre,” “Terror 2000,” and “United Trash.” As production designer and props master, he oversaw a stream of television movies, series and “The Harald Schmidt Show”. Besides German productions such as “00-Schneider – Jagd auf Nihil Baxter,” “Praxis Dr. Hasenbein,” “Aimée & Jaguar,” and “Schlaraffenland,” Hanisch has also worked as art director on major European productions such as “The Baby of Macon” and “Tykho Moon.” He has worked repeatedly with Andrea Kessler since 1994.

ALEX BERNER (editor) was born and raised in Munich. After secondary school, he went to Israel for a year to work on a kibbutz and as an assistant to the sculptor Gershon Knispel. He then returned to Germany to finish his degrees. He spent much of the 80’s in London, first training in computer graphics at PLB Ltd. and then working as a film and video editor at New Decade Productions Ltd. He concentrated on corporate films, documentaries, commercials and eventually music videos for MTV. After directing a documentary about a multi cultural rock band in San Francisco in 1988/1989, he returned to Germany to work as a sound and picture editor in feature, documentary, commercials and film trailers.

In 1996, Berner won the prestigious German Film Award for “Brother of Sleep.”

PIERRE-YVES GAYRAUD (costume designer) is one of France’s most sought after costume designers, with over thirty films to his credit. Perhaps best known in the U.S. for two large-scale productions, Regis Wargnier’s Oscar® winning “Indochine” and Doug Liman’s “The Bourne Identity.” “Indochine,” set during the French occupation of Vietnam and filmed in that country, starred Catherine Deneuve and Vincent Perez and brought Gayraud and collaborator Gabriella Pescucci Cesar Award nominations.

Just prior to beginning “Perfume,” he worked on two segments of the episodic “Paris, Je T’Aime,” with directors Tom Tykwer and the Coen brothers.

JOHNNY KLIMEK & REINHOLD HEIL (composers) first collaborated with Tom Tykwer on the director’s second feature “Winter Sleepers.” The three continued their composing partnership on Tykwer’s “Run Lola Run,” “The Princess and the Warrior,” “True” and the director’s Faubourg St. Denis segment of “Paris Je T’aime.” Klimek and Heil have also written the scores for “One Hour Photo,” starring Robin Williams and the Australian movie “Swimming Upstream,” starring Geoffrey Rush. In 2003, as Pale 3, together with Tom Tykwer, they provided a song for “The Matrix Revolutions.”

Heil and Klimek have written music for various episodes of Jerry Bruckheimer’s hit TV series, “Without a Trace,” as well as the series’ title theme. They have composed the scores for numerous made-for-TV movies, most recently the Golden Globe®-nominated “Iron Jawed Angels” for HBO. In 2004 they began scoring HBO’s Emmy® and Golden Globe® nominated series “Deadwood.” In 2005, they completed 3 features: the Oscar® nominated German film “Sophie Scholl, The Last Days,” “George A. Romero’s Land Of The Dead” for Universal and The Cave for Screen Gems. After that they teamed up again with Tom Tykwer for the score of “Perfume:The Story Of A Murderer.”

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Perfume : The Story of a Murderer

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