MAY 2016
Paula Beer, Saskia Rosendahl, Julia Jentsch, Tom Wlaschiha (© Hubert Boesl/Kurt Krieger)
Felicitas Rombold, Daniel Brühl (© Hubert Boesl/Kurt Krieger)
TONI ERDMANN Team (© Hubert Boesl/Kurt Krieger)
Team THE HAPPIEST DAY IN THE LIFE OF OLLI MÄKI (© Hubert Boesl/Kurt Krieger)
Dennis Lim (Lincoln Center), Mariette Rissenbeek (German Films), Carlo Chatrian (Festival del film Locarno), Evgeny Guyatinskiy (International Film Festival Rotterdam), Andréa Picard (TIFF), Mark Peranson (Locarno) (© Hubert Boesl/Kurt Krieger)
German Pavilion

Long standing ovations after the world premiere, spontaneous applause during the press screening, sales around the world, and euphoric international reviews: TONI ERDMANN (DE/AT, Komplizen Film) by the German director Maren Ade caused great excitement at the 69th Festival de Cannes. The international film critics association FIPRESCI named TONI ERDMANN  the best film in the Competition. There were other prizes for German co-productions in Un Certain Regard, for Best Direction in the Competition and in the Semaine de la Critique. 
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TONI ERDMANN received enthusiastic reviews from leading media around the world and was "one of the best reviewed Cannes competiton movies in the last decade", according to the trade magazine Variety. The third feature film by director Maren Ade set a new record in Screen International's Jury Poll, with an average score of 3.7 stars (out of a possible 4) by 11 film critics.

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The international sales for TONI ERDMANN are also set to break records: to date, the film has already been sold by world sales company The Match Factory to 21 territories, including many key markets like France (Haut et Court), North and South America (Sony Pictures Classics), the UK (Soda), Spain (Golem), China (Lemon Tree) and Australia (Madman), among others.


Fresh from their premiere on the first festival Saturday, the TONI ERDMANN team with director Maren Ade, lead actress Sandra Hüller, lead actor Peter Simonischek and the producers Janine Jackowski and Jonas Dornbach was celebrated in style at the German Films Cocktail together with the 12 German co-productions at the festival. Around 900 German and international industry guests from the worlds of production, direction, distribution, media and festivals attended the reception's new location in the park of the picturesque Villa Rothschild. The actors Julia Jentsch, Daniel Brühl, Tom Wlaschiha, Paula Beer and Saskia Rosendahl represented the face of German cinema at this international event.

German Films thanks its sponsors Sixt, VGF and Südliche Weinstraße e.V. for their support.


A new generation of German filmmakers was presented to a very international audience at a capacity screening in the Olympia Cinema of the world premiere for the NEXT GENERATION SHORT TIGER program that was organized in cooperation with the FFA for the sixth time. The short filmmakers' schedule in Cannes included various workshops on the work of a sales company, working with the press, the Berlinale Talents, and a tour of the market.


German Films presented 22 new German films, including seven market premieres, in market screenings under the label of New German Films in Cannes at the festival's Marché du Film. The German Pavilion, which German Films organizes with Focus Germany in the International Village, again proved to be a popular meeting point for the accredited professionals in its 16th edition.

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