Toni Erdmann

  • Maren Ade
  • Germany, Austria, Romania
  • 2016
  • 162'

This year’s German entry for Academy Awards is a hilarious mixture of family drama and embarrassment comedy about the complicated relationship between a stiff businesswoman and her reckless, jocular father. Retired piano teacher Winfried has a penchant for pranks which irritate and alienate everyone around him. When he decides to get back in touch with his daughter Ines, he faces a resolute rejection. But Winfried, with dogged determination, infiltrates Ines’s private and professional life with the alter-ego of an eccentric businessman called Toni Erdmann. Ines gets in on the game and the situation is quickly bordering on the absurd. The film won the FIPRESCI Award for Best Film of the Year, making Maren Ade the first female director to receive this prestigious award.

Maren Ade

German director best known for her award-winning films The Forest for the Trees and Everyone Else. Toni Erdmann is her third feature film, as well as German entry for Academy Awards. It has also won the FIPRESCI Award for Best Film in Cannes, and later the FIPRESCI Grand Prix awarded to the best film of the year.

Toni Erdmann

Maren Ade
Maren Ade
Komplizen Film, Coop99 Filmproduktion, Hi Film Productions
Sandra Hüller, Peter Simonischek, Michael Wittenborn, Thomas Loibl, Trystan Pütter
Patrick Orth
Heike Parplies
Janine Jackowski, Jonas Dornbach, Maren Ade, Michel Merkt
Festivals & Awards
Cannes Film Festival 2016 – FIPRESCI Award for Best Film; Karlovy Vary International Film Festival 2016; Toronto International Film Festival 2016; BFI London Film Festival 2016

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