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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.

Cast Sandra Hüller, Peter Simonischek

In additional roles Michael Wittenborn, Thomas Loibl, Trystan Pütter, Hadewych Minis, Lucy Russell, Ingrid Bisu, Vlad Iwanov, Victoria Cociaş, Ingrid Burkhard 

Script and direction Maren Ade

Cinematography Patrick Orth

Production design Silke Fischer

Costume design Gitti Fuchs

Make-up Wiltrud Derschmidt, Monika Münnich

Sound Patrick Veigel

Sound Design Out of Silence

Sound Mixing Bernhard Maisch / Tremens-Film Tonstudio

Editing Heike Parplies

Producers Janine Jackowski, Jonas Dornbach, Maren Ade, Michel Merkt,

Bruno Wagner, Antonin Svoboda, David Keitsch, Sebastian Schipper


Oscars 2017 - Nomination: Best Foreign Language Film

Golden Globes - Nomination: Best Motion Picture Foreign Language

Austrian Film Award 2017 - Best Actor in a Leading Role: Peter Simonischek

International Cinephile Society: Best Film, Best Director, Best Actor, Best Original Screenplay, Best Foreign Language Film

FIPRESCI Prize: Best Foreign Language Film of the year at the Palm Springs International Film Festival

Toronto Film Critics Association 2016 - Best Foreign Language Film, Best Director, Best Actress: Sandra Hüller

National Society of Film Critics: Best Foreign Language Film

Europäischer Filmpreis 2016 - European Film, European Director, European Script Writer, European Actress: Sandra Hüller, European Actor: Peter Simonischek

LUX Film Prize of the European Parliament 2016

Award NRW 2016: Best Feature Film


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Maren Ade

Auteur and producer

+ studied production and media studies and later directing at the HFF München since 1998
+ in 2000 founded togther with Janine Jackowski the filmproduction company Komplizen Film

2016 Toni Erdmann
2009 Everyone Else
2003 The Forest For the Trees
various short films

DRAMA | GER, AUT | 2016 | 162 minvon / by Maren Ade

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