Cannes: Sony Pictures Classics Nabs Competition Film 'Toni Erdmann'

Toni Erdmann 2 - H 2016
Courtesy of Cannes Film Festival

The German-language comedy, Maren Ade's third feature, received strong reviews after it premiered Friday in Competition.

Sony Pictures Classics has acquired North America and Latin America rights to the German-language film Toni Erdmann, which is in Competition in Cannes.

Maren Ade’s third feature as a writer-director received some of the strong reviews of the festival so far after premiering Friday.

The Hollywood Reporter's review described the film as "a slow-burning thing of beauty, ultimately as moving as it is implausibly funny." Added critic Leslie Felperin: "Here is the world’s first genuinely funny, 162-minute German comedy of embarrassment."

Peter Simonischek and Sandra Huller star in Toni Erdmann, which centers on a father who plays pranks on his too-serious daughter.

The deal marks SPC's second of the festival. On Wednesday, the company grabbed North American rights to Paul Verhoeven’s Elle, which stars Isabelle Huppert. The film also is in Competition.