Film Award NRW for Best Feature Film

Toni Erdmann

TONI ERDMANN is winner of the Film Award NRW for Best Feature Film, which is endowed with € 10,000 by the State of North Rhine-Westphalia, the City of Cologne and the Film- und Medienstiftung NRW and awarded for the first time in 2016.

Director: Maren Ade
Production: Janine Jackowski, Jonas Dornbach, Maren Ade, Komplizen Film

Jury’s Statement:

This is a film about role-play. A father acts out a comedy for his daughter – and thereby reveals the masquerades of life. Young corporate advisor Ines gradually leaves the role as a cool businesswoman she has so perfectly mastered. Her father coaxes her out of her shell and out of her role by re-interpreting his own role as a father in a new and surprising way – suddenly appearing before her with a scraggy wig and fake teeth. Toni Erdmann, Winfried’s alter ego, is the protagonist of a comédie humaine about generational relations, about father-daughter-feelings and about the never-ending show that is the business world. Maren Ade presents two people struggling for closeness, distance and finally love, in a film which connects absurd humour with deep humanism in a wildly idiosyncratic way. TONI ERDMANN stands alone as an artistic achievement, while at the same following a rich comedic tradition of the likes of Billy Wilder or Ernst Lubitsch. You don’t laugh about Ines and Winfried, you very much laugh and suffer with them.

The nominees for the International Film Awards NRW in the category »Best Fiction Feature« were:

_ Babai
Director: Visar Morina
Production: Nicole Gerhards, NiKo Film

_ Der Staat gegen Fritz Bauer
Director: Lars Kraume
Production: Thomas Kufus, zero one film / Christoph Friedel, Terz Filmproduktion

_ Junges Licht
Director: Adolf Winkelmann
Production: Michael Smeaton, FFP New Media / Christiane Schaefer-Winkelmann, Winkelmann Filmproduktion

_ Toni Erdmann
Director: Maren Ade
Production: Janine Jackowski, Jonas Dornbach, Maren Ade, Komplizen Film

_ Wild
Director: Nicolette Krebitz
Production: Bettina Brokemper, Heimatfilm