GER24 Toni Erdmann

GER24 Toni Erdmann

GER24 Toni Erdmann

Boasting a captivating lead performance by the remarkable Sandra Hüller, this 2016 audience favourite marks the third film from German writer/director Maren Ade. Offering a distinctive portrayal of a dysfunctional father-daughter relationship, it seamlessly blends screwball humour with sublime moments, showcasing a breathless style of filmmaking that captivates even the most cynical viewers.

The plot revolves around divorced, middle-aged music teacher Winfried, who seeks to reconnect with his corporate daughter Ines through a series of eccentric practical jokes. Adopting the persona of "Toni Erdmann," inspired by Maren Ade's admiration for Andy Kaufman's alter ego, Winfried transforms into a self-styled "consultant and coach," complete with a fright wig and fake teeth.

What follows is a delightful blend of cringe comedy and German cinematic brilliance that defies easy categorisation. As father-daughter tensions escalate to absurd levels, it culminates in a brilliantly executed emotional catharsis that left Cannes critics ecstatic, earning the film the festival's prestigious FIPRESCI Prize.

WINNER - FIPRESCI PRIZE, Cannes Film Festival 2016
NOMINEE - Best Foreign Language Film, Academy Awards 2017
NOMINEE - Best Motion Picture: Foreign Language, Golden Globes 2017

“Playful and profound by turns, it spins a complex and multi-layered story.” – The Independent
Release Date: May 15, 2024
Rating: M
Runtime: 162 mins

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