WINNER
Best Foreign Language Film
New York Film Critics Circle
WINNER
Best Foreign Language Film
Critics' Choice Awards
 
"sensational. A WORK OF GREAT BEAUTY, GREAT FEELING AND GREAT CINEMA."
Manohla Dargis, THE NEW YORK TIMES
Peter Simonischek
Sandra HÜller
TONI
ERDMANN
A film by Maren Ade
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"If a single movie were enough to silence reports of the death of cinema, it would be this one, an almost-three-hour German comedy set mostly in Bucharest. It you think that sounds preposterous, you're not wrong. I hesitate to offer further description, since any attempt to characterize this film in conventional terms - as a father-daughter story, a feminist satire of corporate behavior, a fable of global capitalism, an extended practical joke - would be woefully insufficient. It's something new under the sun, a thrilling and discomfiting document of the present moment and also, like every movie that matters, a bulletin from the future."
A.O. Scott, The New York Times
 
 
 

Synopsis

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 more eye to eye. 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 flashy "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. As Toni, Winfried is bolder and doesn't hold back, but 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.

 
 
 
"Wildly Imaginative!"
Ann Hornaday, The Washington Post
New York
Film Festival
Toronto International
Film Festival
Telluride
Film Festival
"SPECTACULAR. a knockout.
A GENEROUS, HYSTERICALLY FUNNY BUT DEEPLY TOUCHING FATHER-DAUGHTER STORY."
Steve Pond, THE WRAP
"many delightFUL and strange twists WITH A SILKY, LIGHT TOUCH."
Leslie Felperin, THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER
"THE RADIANCE OF 'TONI ERDMANN' IS NO JOKE."
Stephanie Zacharek, TIME
"It's Absolutely Nuts!"
Charles Ealy, Austin American-Statesman
 
 
 

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"ALMOST CERTAINLY THE FUNNIEST NUDE SCENE OF ALL TIME."
Eric Kohn, Indiewire
 
 
 

Cast

  • Winfried / Toni Erdmann · Peter Simonischek
  • Ines · SANDRA HÜLLER
  • Henneberg · Michael Wittenborn
  • Gerald · Thomas Loibl
  • Tim · Trystan PÜtter
  • Tatjana · Hadewych Minis
  • Steph · Lucy Russell
  • Anca · Ingrid Bisu
  • Illiescu · Vlad Ivanov
  • Flavia · VICTORIA COCIAS
"A HUMANE HILARIOUS TRIUMPH."
Guy Lodge, VARIETY
"THE RADIANCE OF 'TONI ERDMANN' IS NO JOKE."
Stephanie Zacharek, TIME

Filmmakers

  • Written and Directed by Maren Ade
  • Director of Photography · Patrick Orth
  • Art Director · Silke Fischer
  • Costume Design · Gitti Fuchs
  • Makeup · MONIKA MÜNNICH, WILTRUD DERSCHMIDT
  • Casting · Nina Haun
  • Editor · Heike Parplies
  • Original Sound · Patrick Veigel
  • Re-Recording Mixer · Bernhard Maisch
  • Production Manager · Ole Nicolaisen
  • Line Producer · Ben Von Dobeneck
  • Commissioning Editors · Ulrich Herrmann (SWR), Andrea Hanke (WDR), Georg Steinert (Arte)
  • Associate Producer Ada Solomon (HiFilm)
  • Co-Producers Bruno Wagner, Antonin Svoboda (coop99 Filmproduktion), David Keitsch, Sebastian Schipper (Missing Link FIlms)
  • Producers Janine Jackowski, Jonas Dornbach, Maren Ade (Komplizen Film), Michel Merkt (knm)
"many delightFUL and strange twists WITH A SILKY, LIGHT TOUCH."
Leslie Felperin, THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER
"It's Absolutely
Nuts!"
Charles Ealy, Austin American-Statesman
 
 
 
"SPECTACULAR. a knockout.
A GENEROUS, HYSTERICALLY FUNNY BUT DEEPLY TOUCHING FATHER-DAUGHTER STORY."
Steve Pond, THE WRAP
"A HUMANE HILARIOUS TRIUMPH."
Guy Lodge, VARIETY
New York
Film Festival
Toronto InternationalFilm Festival
Telluride
Film Festival
 
 
 
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Peter Simonischek

Winifred & Toni ERdmann

Born in Graz, Austria, in 1946, Peter Simonischek initially trained to be a dental technician at his father's business and studied architecture at Graz University of Technology before pursuing his passion for acting at the Graz University of Music and Performing Arts. After finishing his studies, he began his career at various theatres in St Gallen, Bern and DÜsseldorf and worked with directors such as Michael Haneke. In 1979 he joined the Berlin's SchaubÜhne theatre company, where he acted under the direction of Peter Stein, Klaus Michael GrÜber, Luc Bondy, Bob Wilson, Andrea Breth, and others.

In the 1980s, Peter Simonischek had already played in numerous films and television series, such as Axel Corti's television movies DAS EINE GLÜCK UND DAS ANDERE and HERRENJAHRE. He played the title role in Dieter Berner's LENZ ODER DIE FREIHEIT, a three-part historical drama about the Baden revolution. He made his film debut in Margarethe von Trotta's LOVE AND FEAR (with Fanny Ardant and Greta Scacchi). Leading and supporting roles in many TV movies and TV series followed, and he continued to act in feature films such as GEBÜRTIG (dir. Robert Schindel, Lukas Stepanik), THE MOUNTAIN (dir. Markus Imhoof), HIERANKL (dir. Hans Steinbichler), RUBY RED, SAPPHIRE BLUE and EMERALD GREEN (dir. Felix Fuchssteiner) and DER KLEINE DIKTATOR (dir. Dani Levy) and Götz Spielmann's OCTOBER NOVEMBER.

An accomplished stage actor, Peter Simonischek has been a member of Vienna's Burgtheater since 1999. He embodied the title role in Hofmannsthal's classic "Jedermann" ("Everyman") at the Salzburg Festival for eight years (2002-2009).

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Maren Ade

Writer & Director

Maren Ade's second feature EVERYONE ELSE won two Silver Bears at the 2009 Berlin Film Festival: the Grand Jury Prize and Best Actress for Birgit Minichmayr. The modern relationship drama was released in over 25 countries and received three nominations for the German Film Award.

Her first feature THE FOREST FOR THE TREES won the Special Jury Award at the Sundance Film Festival in 2005 and a Best Film nomination for the German Film Award.

The touching drama was her graduation film from HFF University of Television and Film Munich.

Maren Ade also works as a producer for other filmmakers. In 2000, she founded the film production company Komplizen Film with producer Janine Jackowski.

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SANDRA HÜLLER

Ines

Sandra Hüller made her feature film debut as epileptic Michaela Klinger in Hans- Christian Schmid's REQUIEM (2004). She received numerous Best Actress awards for her performance (Silver Bear at the Berlin Film Festival, German Film Award, European Film Award nomination, German Film Critics Association).

Her other fillm credits include AMOUR FOU (dir. Jessica Hausner), MADONNAS (dir. Maria Speth), BROWNIAN MOVEMENT (dir. Nanouk Leopold), Jan Schomburg's LOSE MYSELF and ABOVE US ONLY SKY and Frauke Finsterwalder's FINSTER- WORLD, for which she won the German Film Award for Best Supporting Actress. An accomplished stage actress, Sandra Hüller has worked closely with Johan Simons at the Munich Kammerspiele and the Ruhrtriennale while she has continued to make films. In 2015 she was admitted to the Bavarian Academy of Fine Arts.

Born in Suhl, Germany, in 1978, Sandra Hüller took a theatre class while still in school and participated in theatre workshops. From 1996 to 2000 she studied at the Ernst Busch Academy of Dramatic Art in Berlin, subsequently acting at several theatres in Jena, Leipzig, Basel, Berlin, Hanover, Munich and elsewhere. Her acclaimed performances earned her theater magazine Heute's prestigious Best Young Actress award in 2003. The magazine named her Best Actress in 2010 and 2013.

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