In Maren Ade’s new film “Toni Erdmann,” Winfried (Peter Simonischek) unexpectedly visits his daughter Ines (Sandra Hüller) in Romania. Believing Ines to have lost her sense of humor amidst her corporate lifestyle, Winfried dons the persona of Toni Erdmann and pulls a series of pranks to try to reconnect with her. Watch the brand new trailer for “Toni Erdmann” above ahead of its premiere at the 2016 Cannes Film Festival.
“Toni Erdmann” will be Maren Ade’s third feature film. She co-founded a production company Komplizen Film in 2001; with Komplizen, she produced her final student film “The Forest For The Trees” for the University of Television and Film in Munich in 2003. It premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in 2005 where it won the World Cinema Special Jury Prize. Her next film “Everyone Else” premiered at the 2009 Berlin Film Festival where it won the Silver Bear Award for Best Film award, and actress Birgit Minichmayr won the Best Actress award. Upon its release in the United States, “Everyone Else” received great critical acclaim, landing on the end-of the year lists from such critics as Manohla Dargis, Scott Tobias, and Mike D’Angelo.
Sandra Hüller is best known for her roles in Hans-Christian Schmid’s “Requiem,” Jan Schomburg’s “Above Us Only Sky,” and Nanouk Leopold’s “Brownian Movement.” Peter Simonischek has been acting in Germany since the 1980s; some of his film credits include Robert Schindel and Lukas Stepanik’s “Gebürtig,” Hans Steinbichler’s “Hierankl,” and Götz Spielmann’s “Oktober November.”
“Toni Erdmann” will premiere in competition at the Cannes Film Festival.