As the first German production in eight years, the NRW-supported arthouse comedy TONI ERDMANN by Maren Ade celebrated its world premiere in the official competition of this year’s Festival de Cannes. With Sandra Hüller and Peter Simonischek in the leading roles, the film won over the hearts of festival-goers, critics and the industry alike and took home the FIPRESCI Award. The Match Factory, the renowned arthouse sales company based in Cologne, has already sold the film in almost 100 territories. TONI ERDMANN then went on to open Filmfest München at the end of June and opened in German cinemas at the Lichtburg cinema in Essen mid July.

The Film- und Medienstiftung NRW is elated with the success of this exceptional film, having come on board at a very early stage as one of its main supporters. The film was shot not only in Romania, but also in North Rhine-Westphalia in Aachen and surrounding areas.

Jonas Dornbach, Maren Ade & Janine Jackowski (Komplizen Film), Petra Müller (Film- und Medienstiftung NRW), Michael Weber (The Match Factory), Franz-Josef Lersch-Mense (NRW-Minister for Federal Affairs, Europe and the Media) (© Kurt Krieger/Film- und Medienstiftung NRW)