Film Info: TONI ERDMANN

TONI ERDMANN

TONI ERDMANN
photo © Komplizen Film

Winfried doesn’t see much of his working daughter Ines. The suddenly student-less music teacher decides to surprise her with a visit after the death of his old dog. It’s an awkward move because serious career woman Ines is working on an important project as a corporate strategist in Bucharest. The geographical change doesn’t help the two to see eye to eye any better. Practical joker Winfried loves to annoy his daughter with corny pranks. What’s worse are his little jabs at her routine lifestyle of long meetings, hotel bars and performance reports. Father and daughter reach an impasse, and Winfried agrees to return home to Germany. Enter dazzling "Toni Erdmann": Winfried’s smooth-talking alter ego. Disguised in a tacky suit, weird wig and even weirder fake teeth, Toni barges into Ines’ professional life, claiming to be her CEO’s life coach. Wilder and bolder than Winfried, Toni doesn’t hold back, and Ines meets the challenge. The harder they push, the closer they become. In all the madness, Ines begins to understand that her eccentric father might deserve some place in her life after all.


Maren Ade studied at the University of Television & Film (HFF/M) in Munich. Together with Janine Jackowski, she founded the production company Komplizen Film in 2000. Also active as a producer, her award-winning films as a director include: the shorts EBENE 9 (2000) and VEGAS (2001), and the features THE FOREST FOR THE TREES (DER WALD VOR LAUTER BÄUMEN 2003), EVERYONE ELSE (ALLE ANDEREN, 2009), and TONI ERDMANN (2016).
Genre Drama
Category Feature
Year of Production 2016
Director Maren Ade
Screenplay Maren Ade
Cinematography Patrick Orth
Cast Peter Simonischek, Sandra Hüller, Michael Wittenborn, Thomas Loibl, Trystan Pütter, Hadewych Minis, Lucy Russell, Ingrid Bisu, Vlad Ivanov, Victoria Cociaş
Producers Janine Jackowski, Jonas Dornbach, Maren Ade, Michel Merkt
Co-Producers Bruno Wagner, Antonin Svoboda, David Keitsch, Sebastian Schipper
Production Company Komplizen Film/Munich & Berlin, in co-production with coop99 filmproduktion, KNM, Missing Link Films, SWR, WDR, ARTE
Length 162 min
Format DCP, color, 1:1.85
Original Version
 German, English
Subtitled Versions English, French
Sound Technology 5.1
Festivals Cannes 2016 (In Competition), Munich 2016 (Opening Film), Moscow 2016, Brussels 2016, Palic 2016, Sarajevo 2016, Wroclaw 2016, Yerevan 2016, Odessa 2016, Melbourne 2016, Toronto 2016, New York 2016, Hausgesund 2016, BFI London 2016, Telluride 2016, Hamptons 2016, Montreal Nouveau Cinema 2016, Fantastic Fest Austin 2016, Mill Valley 2016, Cambridge 2016, Stockholm 2016, Rio de Janeiro 2016, Denver 2016, Thessaloniki 2016, Sevilla 2016, TofiFest Torun 2016, AFI Fest Los Angeles 2016, Cairo 2016, Jihlava 2016, Gijón 2016, Muestra de Cine Europeo Segovia 2016, Listapad Minsk 2016, Zagreb 2016, Macao 2016, Havana 2016, Palm Springs 2017, Sofia 2017, European FF Lecce 2017, Santa Barbara 2017, Palic 2017, Wroclaw 2017, Valladolid 2017
Awards FIPRESCI Award Cannes 2016, Iris Award, Best Screenplay & RTBF TV Prize Best Film Brussels 2016, Golden Tower Best Film Palic 2016, FIPRESCI Grand Prix 2016, Norwegian Film Critics Award 2016, Best Feature Film & Best Actor (Peter Simonischek) Montreal Nouveau Cinema 2016, Grand Prix TofiFest Torun 2016, Eurimages Award Sevilla 2016, European Film Awards 2016 (Best Film, Best Director, Best Screenplay, Best Actress, Best Actor), FIPRESCI Prize Palm Springs 2017, Bavarian Film Prize 2016 (Best Actress, Best Director), Independent Spirit Award 2017, Bodil Danish Film Award 2017 (Best Non-American Film), German Film Award 2017 (Best Film: Gold, Best Screenplay, Best Director, Best Leading Actress, Best Leading Actor, Best Editing,
With backing from Film- und Medienstiftung NRW, Eurimages, German Federal Film Fund, German Federal Film Board, Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg, BKM, Filmförderung Hamburg Schleswig-Holstein, FilmFernsehFonds Bayern, MEDIA, Österreichisches Filminstitut, Filmstandort Austria
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