John Updike

On Writing: 'Toni Erdmann' is in a sense autobiographical, except for that naked party

On Writing: 'Toni Erdmann' is in a sense autobiographical, except for that naked party

It took me about two years to write “Toni Erdmann” and to do the research that was necessary for the story. But also over the three following years of work on the project I never stopped writing.

After traveling to Romania, after casting each character, after rehearsals and also during the shooting, there were always the moments in which I returned to the script to adapt it to what I had experienced or found out about the story.

As a writing director, I participate in every stage of filmmaking, but writing is the most joyful and creative process for me because everything is still possible. The directing part is more about making the story more rich and complicated...

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