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Theatrical poster
Directed byTil Schweiger
Produced byBéla Jarzyk
Til Schweiger
Thomas Zickler
Written byBéla Jarzyk
Til Schweiger
StarringTil Schweiger
Emma Tiger Schweiger
Jasmin Gerat
Samuel Finzi
Music byDirk Reichdardt
Mirko Schaffer
Martin Todsharow
CinematographyChristoph Wahl
Edited byConstantin von Seld
Barefoot Films
Distributed byWarner Bros. Pictures
Release date
  • 3 February 2011 (2011-02-03)
Running time
126 minutes
Budget€5.65 million
($7.8 million)
Box office$45.4 million[1]

Kokowääh is a 2011 German film directed by Til Schweiger.[2] It was released in German–speaking countries (Germany, Austria, South Tyrol and Switzerland) on 3 February 2011.[3] The film stars Til Schweiger, his daughter Emma Tiger Schweiger, Jasmin Gerat and Samuel Finzi. Another of Schweiger's daughters, Luna Schweiger, makes a small appearance in the film. Kokowääh is an onomatopoetic depiction of the French pronunciation of coq au vin.[4] A sequel, Kokowääh 2, was released on 7 February 2013 with Schweiger having returned as director, co-writer and producer.


Kokowääh is set in Berlin and Potsdam, Brandenburg, Germany.[5] The plot concerns the travails of Henry (Til Schweiger), an established author of fiction, who must deal with the emergence of his 8-year-old natural daughter Magdalena (Emma Tiger Schweiger), the previously unknown product of a one-night indiscretion in Stockholm.[6] In the meantime, he is also working on the adaptation of a famous best–selling novel and reconciling with his ex–girlfriend Katharina (Jasmin Gerat), with whom he is working on the adaptation. Little Magdalena, still in the state of shock, loves her foster father Tristan (Samuel Finzi) more than the biological one. Throughout the film, Henry and Magdalena build a close relationship, which he eventually describes in his script "Kokowääh" (referring to the French meal "Coq au vin").



Kokowääh was filmed in Berlin and Potsdam, Brandenburg, Germany,[5] from 21 July to 13 September 2010. The budget was estimated to be 5,650,000.[7] The director and lead actor Til Schweiger and Béla Jarzyk, who also produced the film, wrote the script in a Turkish hotel in Berlin.[8]

Critical reception[edit]

Kokowääh received the Golden Screen Award, which is given only to films that have been watched by more than 3 million viewers.[9] It was the most successful film in Germany in the first half of 2011.[10] The film itself received generally good to mixed reviews. Andreas Scheiner of the Die Zeit found the film "light and entertaining", though he added it "lacked depth".[11] Dieter Oßwald of the Programmkino.de praised the film as a "strong–point daddy–comedy".[12] Andrea Butz of the WDR2, however, criticized the film for "one–dimensional leaps and drawn characters".[13] Jan Füchtjohann of the Süddeutschen Zeitung also criticized Kokowääh, writing it showed "over long distances like a commercial for yogurt".[14]

Other media[edit]


The soundtrack album for Kokowääh was released on 4 February 2011 on iTunes[15] and Amazon.com[16] through Sony Music. The lead single "Stay" by British synthpop band Hurts was released on 4 February in Germany, reaching number three at the German Singles Chart and achieving Gold certification.[17] The music video for "Stay" has two versions, the regular one and the one that features parts from Kokowääh.

Home media[edit]

Kokowääh was released on both DVD and Blu-ray on 19 August 2011[18] on iTunes[19] and Amazon.com.[20]

Release dates[edit]

Country Release date Title Notes
Germany Germany 3 February 2011 Kokowääh
Austria Austria 3 February 2011 Kokowääh
Switzerland Switzerland 3 February 2011 Kokowääh
Luxembourg Luxembourg 5 February 2011 Kokowääh
Kazakhstan Kazakhstan 8 September 2011 Kokowääh
Russia Russia 8 September 2011 Соблазнитель
Belarus Belarus 15 September 2011 Kokowääh
Taiwan Taiwan 20 January 2012 紅酒燉香雞
Hungary Hungary 28 July 2012 Kislány a küszöbön TV premiere
Italy Italy 1 September 2013 Kokowääh TV premiere


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  2. ^ Smith, Ian Hayden (2012). International Film Guide 2012. p. 125. ISBN 978-1908215017.
  3. ^ "Kokowääh". MoviePlanet.com. 3 February 2011. Archived from the original on 2 March 2011. Retrieved 22 February 2011.
  4. ^ "Kokowääh". Internet Movie Database. Retrieved 21 February 2011.
  5. ^ a b "Film locations for Kokowääh". Internet Movie Database. Retrieved 8 October 2011.
  6. ^ Pilarczyk, Hannah (3 February 2011). "Til-Schweiger-Satire: Die Vorgeschichte von "Kokowääh"". Der Spiegel (in German). Retrieved 5 February 2011.
  7. ^ "Box office / business for Kokowääh". Internet Movie Database. Retrieved 8 October 2011.
  8. ^ "Trivia for Kokowääh". Internet Movie Database. Retrieved 8 October 2011.
  9. ^ "Goldene Leinwand 2011 – Kokowääh". www.filmecho.de (in German). 26 February 2011. Retrieved 8 October 2011.
  10. ^ Rheinische Post. 23 August 2011. Missing or empty |title= (help)
  11. ^ Scheiner, Andreas (31 January 2011). "Kino wie Nachtisch". Die Zeit (in German). Retrieved 8 October 2011.
  12. ^ Oßwald, Dieter (31 January 2011). "Kokowääh". Programmkino.de (in German). Retrieved 8 October 2011.
  13. ^ Butz, Andrea (3 February 2011). "Plädoyer für Patchworkfamilien". WDR2 (in German). Archived from the original on 7 February 2011. Retrieved 8 October 2011.
  14. ^ Füchtjohann, Jan (7 February 2011). "Daunenfedern im Gegenlicht". Süddeutschen Zeitung (in German). Retrieved 8 October 2011.
  15. ^ "Kokowääh (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack Deluxe Edition)". iTunes. 4 February 2011. Retrieved 8 October 2011.
  16. ^ "Kokowääh (Limitierte Digipack Version inkl. Bonuscontent)". Amazon.com (in German). 4 February 2011. Retrieved 8 October 2011.
  17. ^ "Hurts, Stay". Media Control Charts. Retrieved 8 October 2011.
  18. ^ "Official Website". Warner Bros. Pictures (in German). 19 August 2011. Retrieved 8 October 2011.
  19. ^ "Kokowääh". iTunes (in German). 19 August 2011. Retrieved 8 October 2011.
  20. ^ "Kokowääh". Amazon.com (in German). 19 August 2011. Retrieved 8 October 2011.

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