The animal costume worn by Winfried is the Kukeri, a common animal totem in Bulgaria that is believed to scare away evil spirits. It was made from the real hair of long-haired goats and according to actor Peter Simonischek was extremely hot and heavy and smelled like a goat stable. With the exception of the scene when Winfried has the head removed, it was worn by a stuntman.
Toni Erdmann (2016) was one of the the best-reviewed and most popular films at the 69th Cannes International Film Festival, but it didn't receive any awards by the 'Official Competition' jury. Major critics like Justin Chang, Manohla Dargis, Kenneth Turan, Peter Bradshaw and Guy Lodge wrote that the decisions of the jury were "baffling". There was nearly a consensus, that "Toni Erdmann" would have been a deserving Palme d'Or winner and that a rare opportunity to give the top award to a female filmmaker was missed at Cannes.
Maren Ade would typically do between 20 to 30 takes of each shot. If it was a scene that required multiple coverage of each actor the number of takes would double to between 40 to 60 so that each actor would get the coverage they needed.
After a limited release on only 98 screens in Germany, Toni Erdmann (2016) entered the box-office charts in the 5th position. It had the weekend's best per-screen average and the best per-screen average for a German film in 2016.
Maren Ade set the film in Bucharest because with the opening up of the markets and the rise of the economy there, many German companies stepped in to act as business consultants. Ade is also very admiring of the 'Romanian New Wave', a group of acclaimed films coming out of Romania. This is her way of thanking the rejuvenated film industry there.
Premiered at the 2016 Cannes Film Festival. It was originally selected for the lesser rung Un Certain Regard section but, the night before the Festival was due to start, Maren Ade got an email from the organizers saying that they had decided to include her film in the line-up for the more prestigious Palme d'Or instead.