Perfume: The Story of a Murderer

Perfume: The Story of a Murderer

Join us for a special screening of Perfume – The Story of a Murderer.
Friday, 11 August, 8:30pm at Academy Cinemas, Lorne Street, Auckland CBD.
Artist and smell researcher Sissel Tolaas will give a brief introduction before the film commences.

Screening in co-operation with the Goethe-Institut New Zealand.
Free to SP Ticket Holders
RSVP essential by Friday, 11 August, 12 noon (limited seating):


Perfume – The Story of a Murderer (Germany, 2006, 147 mins, Original Version in English)
Director: Tom Tykwer
Producer: Bernd Eichinger
With: Ben Whishaw, Dustin Hoffman, Alan Rickman, Karoline Herfurth, Corinna Harfouch, Rachel Hurd-Wood
Festivals: Ghent 2006 (Opening Film), Berlin 2007 (German Cinema), Shanghai 2007, Zurich 2012
Awards: Bavarian Film Awards 2006 (Best Director, Best Production Design), German Film Award 2007 (Best Film/Silver, Best Cinematography, Best Editing, Best Production Design, Best Costume Design, Best Sound), European Film Award: Cinematography & Production Design 2007
Rating: R 16 - Nudity & content that may disturb


France, 1738: Jean-Baptiste Grenouille is born at the Parisian fish market under the most adverse circumstances and immediately abandoned by his mother, for which she is soon hanged. The orphan possesses a single extraordinary talent: an absolute sense of smell. After gruelling work with a tanner, he is finally apprenticed to the Parisian perfumer Baldini. He quickly excels his master in the art of mixing scents, but his obsession soon turns him into a murderer. Possessed by the idea of conserving the human aroma, he ruthlessly murders young women whose scent fascinates him. But he soon realises that he still lacks the ability to conserve the aroma and heads for the capital of perfume production, Grasse, to perfect his skills. There he comes upon the most beguiling scent he has ever smelled, that of the beautiful young virgin Laura, who, however, stands under the protection of her both worldly wise and loving father…

Source: 57. Internationale Filmfestspiele Berlin (Catalogue)


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