Half-time at Festival de Cannes: "La sensation allemande"
Seven days into the 69. Festival de Cannes and still everybody is talking about Maren Ade’s NRW-funded competition film "Toni Erdmann". At the press screening the audience broke into spontaneous applause, followed by 15 minutes of standing ovations. The national as well as the international press were filled with enthusiastic reviews. Director Maren Ade, leading actor Peter Simonischek as well as producers Janine Jackowski and Jonas Dornbach (both Komplizen Film) celebrated their success at the 25th anniversary reception of the Film- und Medienstiftung NRW in Cannes. The Filmstiftung supported the drama, which was partly shot in NRW, with 700.000 Euro. Petra Müller and Franz-Josef Lersch-Mense, Minister for Federal Affairs, Europe and the Media of North Rhine-Westphalia congratulated the team personally on the positive reactions of the audience and the press. The Cologne based distributor The Match Factory already made a deal with Sony Pictures Classics and managed to sell distribution rights for North- and South America. German newspaper Der Spiegel called the drama: "La sensation allemande". The british Telegraph wrote: „Cannes 2016 Toni Erdmann review – the most German comedy ever made.". "Maren Ade’s unique study of an estranged but mutually depressive father and daughter is a humane, hilarious triumph" said film-magazin Variety.