EXCLUSIVE: Sony Pictures Classics has made a U.S. and Latin America rights deal on Toni Erdmann, the Maren Ade-directed German language film that is in the Palme d’Or competition here at Cannes and has gotten arguably the best reviews of any film at the festival so far. The bittersweet comedy stars Peter Simonischek and Sandra Huller, and revolves around an older man who begins to play pranks on his adult daughter after finding her too self-serious.
This becomes the second deal on the ground here for a competition title for Michael Barker and Tom Bernard’s prestige division, after they acquired the Paul Verhoeven-directed drama Elle, which stars Isabelle Huppert.
Toni Erdmann is produced by Ade, Jonas Dornbach, Janine Jackowski, Michel Merkt, co-produced by Bruno Wagner, Antonin Svoboda, David Keitsch, Sebastian Schipper, and executive produced by Ada Solomon.
Said director Ade, “Sony Pictures Classics’ list of films and directors is so impressive. It’s a great honour that Toni Erdmann is the newest addition to their slate, and I am looking forward to this experience.”
“We are happy to partner again with SPC, who share our enthusiasm for the new film of Maren Ade,” said Michael Weber, Managing Director of The Match Factory. “This exceptional director will fascinate international audiences, like she has already proven with her fulminant premiere in Cannes Competition. I am convinced that Michael, Tom and Dylan will make this film an outstanding success as they have done in the past with films like Waltz with Bashir, Fill the Void and The Lunchbox.”
SPC said in a statement that Toni Erdmann is “one of the freshest films in years; profound, funny, powerful,” and director Ade “a force to be reckoned with, one of the world’s truly great directors. It’s great to be back in business with The Match Factory again.”
Here’s a trailer for Toni Erdmann: