A film by Maren Ade. "Toni Erdmann" celebrated its world premiere in competition at The Cannes Film Festival 2016 and won the Fipresci competition prize

Year  2016

Length: 162 min

Format:   1:1,85

Country of production  GER, AUT

Intro | 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.


A Komplizen Film production in co-production with Coop99, KNM, Missing Link Films und SWR/WDR/Arte, funded by Film- und Medienstiftung NRW, Eurimages, DFFF German Federal Film Fund, German Federal Film Board, Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg, Minister of State for Culture and Media, Austrian Film Institute, film location Austria, Filmförderung Hamburg-Schleswig Holstein, Filmfernsehfonds Bayern und Media.


Winfried / Toni

Peter Simonischek


Sandra Hüller


Michael Wittenborn


Thomas Loibl


Trystan Pütter


Hadewych Minis


Lucy Russell


Ingrid Bisu


Vlad Ivanov


Victoria Cociaș


Written and directed by

Maren Ade

Director of Photography

Patrick Orth


Heike Parplies

Art Director

Silke Fischer

Costume Design

Gitti Fuchs

Make Up

Monika Münnich

Wiltrud Derschmidt


Nina Haun

Original Sound

Patrick Veigel

Sound Mix

Bernhard Maisch

Productin Manager

Ole Nicolaisen

Line Producer

Ben von Dobeneck

Commissioning Editors

Ulrich Herrmann (SWR)

Andrea Hanke (WDR)

Georg Steinert (Arte)

Executive Producer

Ada Solomon (HiFilm)


Bruno Wagner, Antonin Svoboda (Coop99)

Sebastian Schipper, David Keitsch (Missing Link Films)


Jonas Dornbach, Janine Jackowski, Maren Ade (Komplizen Film)

Michel Merkt


Cannes Film Festival

Competition: Fipresci Competition Award

Brussels Film Festival

Golden Iris Award for Best Film, Award for Best Script and RTBF TV Prize for Best Film

European Film Festival Palic

Golden Tower for Best Film

Festival international du film de femmes de Salé/Marokko
Fipresci Grand Prix 2016

Grand Prix

European University Film Award (EUFA)

one out of five finalists

Filmpreis NRW 2016

Best Fiction Film 2016

Ernst-Lubitsch-Preis des Clubs der Filmjournalisten Berlin - Peter Simonischek

Festival du nouveau cinéma - FNC

Best Feature Film in International Competition (Louve d’Or) and Best Actor Peter Simonischek

Tofi Fest

Golden Angel Grand Prix in Competition

Sevilla Festival de Cine Europeo 2016

Eurimages Award for Best European Co-production and Grand Audience Award

LUX Film Prize des Europäischen Parlaments 2016

Herbert Strate Preis/NRW für Maren Ade

European Film Awards 2016

European Film, European Director, European Writer, European Actress - Sandra Hüller, European Actor - Peter Simonischek

Golden Globes

Nominated for Best Motion Picture-Foreign Language

Schweizer Filmkritikerpreis 2016

Toronto Critics Award 2016

Best Film 2016

Sight and Sound, Cahiers du Cinema, Film Comment

Austrian Film Awards

Best Actor Peter Simonischek

Toronto Film Critics Association 2016

Best Director - Maren Ade, Best Actress - Sandra Hüller, Best Foreign Language Film

National Society of Film Critics

Bester Fremdsprachiger Film


Nominated for Best Foreign Language Film

Palm Springs International Film Festival

FIPRESCI Prize for Best Foreign Language Film of the year


Nominated for Best Foreign Language Film

Österreichischer Filmpreis

Bester Hauptdarsteller Peter Simonischek

International Cinephile Society

Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor, Best Original Screenplay, Best Foreign Film


Best Non-American Movie

German Film Awards 2017

Best Film, Best Director - Maren Ade, Best Script - Maren Ade, Best Actress - Sandra Hüller, Best Actor - Peter Simonischek

Filmplus, Filmstiftung NRW Schnitt Preis Spielfilm - Heike Parplies


Cannes Film Festival 2016, Competition

Sydney International Film Festival

Midnight Sun Film Festival

Brussels Film Festival

Art Film Fest Kosice

Moscow International Film Festival

Karlovy Vary International Film Festival

Golden Apricot Yerevan International Film Festival

New Zealand International Film Festival

Melbourne International Film Festival

Odessa Film Festival

Sarajevo Film Festival

Vukovar Film Festival

Espoo Cine

Telluride Film Festival

Toronto Film Festival

Manaki Brothers Film Festival

Women International Film Festival of Salé

San Sebastián Film Festival

Athens International Film Festival


New York Film Festival

BFI London Film Festival

Haifa International Film Festival

AFI Los Angeles


World Distribution