Magazine article Screen International

Cannes Hits 'Toni Erdmann', 'Sieranevada' Secure Sales

Magazine article Screen International

Cannes Hits 'Toni Erdmann', 'Sieranevada' Secure Sales

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Buyers are stampeding to acquire Maren Ade's comedy Toni Erdmann - one of the few German films to screen in Competition in Cannes in recent years - following a rapturous reception and glowing reviews.

Pim Hermeling's September Films has snapped up Benelux rights, while Haut et Court is already on board for France and Filmcoopi Zurich has Switzerland.

Last night, Sony Pictures Classics swooped on North American and Latin American rights.

Sales agent The Match Factory anticipates further details on the comedy, which recorded the highest score to date on Screen International's jury grid.

It has been seven years since Ade's Berlin Silver Bear winner Everyone Else, an edgy relationship drama that scored distribution in more than 20 countries. Her third feature, Toni Erdmann, is another in-depth character study about a music teacher who tries to correct the over-serious nature of his career-focused daughter with a barrage of jokes.

Sandra Hüller (Requiem) plays the daughter and veteran Austrian theatre actor Peter Simonischek the father. Majority produced by Ade's own Komplizen Film, which has worked with Miguel Gomes among others, this is the only new German-language title to feature in the official selection. …

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