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CANNES 2016 Germany

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Germans set to make a comeback on the Croisette

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- The German films at this year’s Cannes include Maren Ade’s Toni Erdmann, the first German feature in competition since Wim Wenders’ Palermo Shooting in 2008

Germans set to make a comeback on the Croisette
Toni Erdmann by Maren Ade

The father-daughter drama Toni Erdmann [+see also:
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by writer-director-producer Maren Ade (Everyone Else [+see also:
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, The Forest for the Trees) is the first German feature film in the Cannes competition since 2008, when Wim WendersPalermo Shooting [+see also:
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was a contender for the Palme d’Or. After her award-winning second feature film, Everyone Else, Ade again tells a story about human relationships. A single-minded, career-focused woman who is travelling around the world as a corporate strategist is not amused by a surprise visit from her father. After an argument, he is supposed to go back home, but then appears as “Toni Erdmann” and claims to be her life coach.

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The film was produced by the Komplizen Film team, comprising Janine Jackowski, Jonas Dornbach and Maren Ade, who presented Arabian Nights [+see also:
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by Miguel Gomes in the Directors' Fortnight at Cannes in 2015. The co-producers are Vienna-based Coop99 Filmproduktion and Hi Film Productions in Bucharest. The film will be sold internationally by The Match Factory

A further three German co-productions are competing for the Palme d’Or. Two of them are produced by Berlin-based Twenty Twenty Vision Filmproduktion. Slack Bay [+see also:
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by Bruno Dumont (Camille Claudel 1915 [+see also:
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, Li’l Quinquin [+see also:
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), a black comedy about two very different families, stars Juliette Binoche, Fabrice Luchini and Valeria Bruni Tedeschi. For this French-German co-production, Twenty Twenty Vision Filmproduktion partnered up with 3B Productions and Pallas Film in Halle. The world sales are handled by Memento Films International.

German producer Thanassis Karathanos, of Twenty Twenty Vision, also teamed up with Said Ben Said’s SBS Productions and Belgium’s Entre Chien et Loup for the French-German-Belgian co-production Elle [+see also:
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, a thriller with Isabelle Huppert that marks Paul Verhoeven’s French-language debut. The picture will be sold internationally by SBS International.

Kristen Stewart plays the female lead in Olivier Assayas’ competition entry Personal Shopper [+see also:
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. The drama was produced by Charles Gillibert’s CG Films and Detailfilm in Germany, which sent Henning Kamm to Cannes in 2014 as one of the Producers on the Move. MK2 is handling the international sales.

In addition, four German co-productions are being presented in Un Certain Regard. Finnish director and 2010 Cinéfondation winner Juho Kuosmanen will be showing his first feature, The Happiest Day in the Life of Olli Mäki [+see also:
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. The Finnish-German-Swedish co-production between Aamu Film Company, One Two Films and Tre Vänner was shot on 16 mm black-and-white reversal film stock. The drama about a boxer will be sold by Les Films du Losange. Other Un Certain Regard entries with German involvement are Clash [+see also:
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by Mohamed Diab (NiKo Film), Beyond the Mountains and Hills [+see also:
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 by Eran Kolirin (Match Factory Productions) and the prison drama Apprentice [+see also:
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by Boo Junfeng (augenschein Filmproduktion). 

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