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Toni Erdmann and Elle head off to the US

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- CANNES 2016: The German competition entry has been picked up by Sony Pictures Classics for North America and Latin America

Toni Erdmann and Elle head off to the US
Sandra Hüller and Peter Simonischek in Toni Erdmann

Thanks to the strong reactions and reviews for the German competition film Toni Erdmann [+see also:
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Q&A: Maren Ade
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by Maren Ade at the Cannes Film Festival, German world sales agent The Match Factory is receiving a lot of offers from buyers from myriad different countries around the world. Among the first distributors to have snapped up the compelling comedy is Sony Pictures Classics, a renowned US firm that has acquired the rights for North America and Latin America. 

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The huge success of the 162-minute film by writer-director Ade has come as a real surprise, especially as German films have not taken part in the Cannes competition for the last eight years. At the German Films party, Maren Ade and her lead actors, Peter Simonischek (Love and Fear, The Mountain) and Sandra Hüller (Requiem [+see also:
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trailer
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interview: Hans-Christian Schmid
interview: Hans-Christian Schmid
interview: Sandra Hueller
film profile
]
, Amour Fou [+see also:
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), were thrust into the spotlight. The film was produced by the Komplizen Film team, comprising Janine Jackowski, Jonas Dornbach and Maren Ade. 

In addition, Sony Pictures Classics has bought the French-German-Belgian co-production Elle [+see also:
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trailer
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by Paul Verhoeven from SBS International. Based on the novel Oh... by French author Philippe Djian, the thriller was produced by Said Ben Said’s SBS Productions, Twenty Twenty Vision Filmproduktion and Entre Chien et Loup.

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