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Tuesday, 5/31/2016

FILMFEST MÜNCHEN to open with “Toni Erdmann”

Director Maren Ade and stars Sandra Hüller and Peter Simonischek to present Cannes favorite in person


On June 23rd, the 34th INTERNATIONAL FILMFEST MÜNCHEN will open with Maren Ade’s Cannes favorite “Toni Erdmann”, which took home the international film critics’ prize FIPRESCI. “We’re very proud to be able to open the festival with such an extraordinary German film, which made waves internationally and shows how entertaining and remarkable German films can be,” says festival director Diana Iljine. “The third feature film by Munich film school HFF grad Maren Ade is full of wistful humor and finely-observed human touches.”

“Toni Erdmann” is the story of Winfried (Peter Simonischek), a 60ish music teacher who’s never met a practical joke he didn’t like, and his daughter Ines (Sandra Hüller), a career-oriented corporate consultant. Father and daughter are like night and day: He’s a passionate idealist, she’s a non-nonsense businesswoman trying to leave her mark on a big outsourcing project in Romania and make her way in a man’s world. When Winfried’s dog dies, he goes to visit her in Bucharest, but they wind up having a fight. Instead of returning home, however, Winfried disguises himself as Toni Erdmann, his madcap alter ego, with crooked teeth, cheap suit, bad wig – and outrageous sense of humor.

After the gala opening, “Toni Erdmann” will be shown as part of the New German Cinema sidebar as a Special Screening for the general public on Friday, June 24 at 9 pm in the Carl Orff Hall of the Gasteig festival center. “Toni Erdmann” will be released in German theaters by NFP marketing & distribution on July 14, 2016.

You can find the complete program of FILMFEST MÜNCHEN online as of June 6, 2016. Tickets go on sale online June 13, 2016.

“Toni Erdmann” was produced by Komplizen Film (Janine Jackowski, Maren Ade, Jonas Dornbach) and co-produced with coop99 Filmproduktion, knm and Missing Link Films, and networks SWR, WDR and ARTE. The production was funded by the Film Fund North Rhine-Westphalia, Eurimages, DFFF, FFA, Media Board Berlin-Brandenburg, the German Federal Government Culture and Media Office, ÖFI, Filmstandort Austria, Film Fund Hamburg Schleswig-Holstein, the Bavarian film board FFF and MEDIA. The Match Factory is handling world sales.