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Komplizen Film was founded in 1999 by Janine Jackowski and Maren Ade during their studies at the University of Television and Film Munich (HFF Munich). Since 2010, Jonas Dornbach has also been a producer and managing director of Komplizen Film.
Komplizen Film focuses on the development of feature films, international co-productions and high-end series. We produce local films for an international audience, films that take risks. We work with filmmakers distinguished by a unique signature and believe in long-term cooperation with our directors and production partners.
Komplizen projects include: TONI ERDMANN by Maren Ade (2016), A FANTASTIC WOMAN by Sebastián Lelio (2017), as well as the recent Netflix series SKYLINES (2019).
TONI ERDMANN 2016
Format: Feature Film
Genre: Drama / Comedy
Director: Maren Ade
Screenplay: Maren Ade
Cast: Peter Simonischek, Sandra Hüller
Winfried doesn’t see much of his working daughter Ines. The suddenly student-less music teacher decides to surprise her with a visit after the death of his old dog. It’s an awkward move because serious career woman Ines is working on an important project as a corporate strategist in Bucharest. The geographical change doesn’t help the two to see more eye to eye. Practical joker Winfried loves to annoy his daughter with corny pranks. What’s worse are his little jabs at her routine lifestyle of long meetings, hotel bars and performance reports. Father and daughter reach an impasse, and Winfried agrees to return home to Germany. Enter flashy «Toni Erdmann»: Winfried’s smooth-talking alter ego. Disguised in a tacky suit, weird wig and even weirder fake teeth, Toni barges into Ines’ professional life, claiming to be her CEO’s life coach. As Toni, Winfried is bolder and doesn’t hold back, but Ines meets the challenge. The harder they push, the closer they become. In all the madness, Ines begins to understand that her eccentric father might deserve some place in her life after all.
Cannes Film Festival 2016, Competition: Fipresci Competition Award
German Film Awards 2017 - Best Film, Best Director - Maren Ade, Best Script - Maren Ade, Best Actress - Sandra Hüller, Best Actor - Peter Simonischek
European Film Awards 2016: European Film, European Director, European Writer, European Actress - Sandra Hüller, European Actor - Peter Simonischek
Golden Globes: Nominated for Best Motion Picture-Foreign Language
BAFTA Nominated for Best Foreign Language Film
Oscars - Nominated for Best Foreign Language Film
A FANTASTIC WOMAN 2017
Format: Feature Film
Director: Sebastián Lelio
Screenplay: Sebastián Lelio, Gonzalo Maza
Cast: Daniela Vega, Francisco Reyes
Marina and Orlando are in love and planning for the future. Marina is a young waitress and aspiring singer. Orlando is 20 years older than her, and owns a printing company.
After celebrating Marina’s birthday one evening, Orlando falls seriously ill. Marina rushes him to the emergency room, but he passes away just after arriving at the hospital.
Instead of being able to mourn her lover, suddenly Marina is treated with suspicion. The doctors and Orlando’s family don’t trust her. A woman detective investigates Marina to see if she was involved in his death. Orlando’s ex- wife forbids her from attending the funeral. And to make matters worse, Orlando’s son threatens to throw Marina out of the flat she shared with Orlando. Marina is a trans woman and for most of Orlando’s family, her sexual identity is an aberration, a perversion. So Marina struggles for the right to be herself. She battles the very same forces that she has spent a lifetime fighting just to become the woman she is now – a complex, strong, forthright and fantastic woman.
Oscars 2018 - Best Foreign Language Film
Berlinale 2017, Competition - Silver Bear Best Screenplay
Fenix Ibero-American Awards - Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actress
Goya Awards - Best Iberoamerican Film
Platino Awards - Best Picture, Best Director, Best Screenplay, Best Editing, Best Actress - Daniela Vega
FESTIVALS (Selection): Berlinale Competition
Telluride Film Festival
Toronto International Film Festival San Sebastian International Film Festival BFI London Film Festival
Busan International Film Festival Mar del Plata Film Fest
Palm Springs International Film Festival
Format: TV Series
Genre: Crime, Drama
Director: Maximilian Erlenwein, Soleen Yusef
Screenplay: Dennis Schanz, Oliver Karan, Kim Zimmermann, Ole Lohmann, Arne Ahrens
Cast: Edin Hasanovic, Peri Baumeister, Murathan Muslu, Erdal Yıldız, Richy Müller, Anna Hermann, Sahin Eryilmaz
In Frankfurt, a young and gifted hip-hop producer gets the chance of a lifetime when he signs with Skyline Records. But the worlds of music, organized crime and high finance collide when the label owner’s gangster brother returns from exile to claim his share.
Grimme-Preis 2020 in the Fiction Competition for Dennis Schanz (Showrunner), Ben Bazzazian (Music), Edin Hasanovic (Acting), Carol Schuler (Acting)