Germany / Austria 2016, 162 min. – Eng. ST
Director: Maren Ade
Screenplay: Maren Ade
Director of photography: Patrick Orth
Editing: Heike Parplies
Cast: Peter Simonischek, Sandra Hüller, Michael Wittenborn, Thomas Loibl, Trystan Pütter, Hadewych Minis, Lucy Russell, Ingrid Bisu, Vlad Ivanov, Victoria Cocias
Cannes Film Festival 2016: Won FIPRESCI Prize, Competition; Nominated Palme d’Or
International Cinephile Society Awards 2016: Won ICS Cannes Award, Palme d’Or
Winfried doesn't see much of his working daughter Ines. The suddenly student-less music teacher decides to surprise her with a visit after the death of his old dog. It's an awkward move because serious career woman Ines is working on an important project as a corporate strategist in Bucharest. The geographical change doesn't help the two to see eye to eye any better. Practical joker Winfried loves to annoy his daughter with corny pranks. What's worse are his little jabs at her routine lifestyle of long meetings, hotel bars and performance reports.
Father and daughter reach an impasse, and Winfried agrees to return home to Germany. Enter dazzling "Toni Erdmann": Winfried's smooth-talking alter ego. Disguised in a tacky suit, weird wig and even weirder fake teeth, Toni barges into Ines' professional life, claiming to be her CEO's life coach. Wilder and bolder than Winfried, Toni doesn't hold back, and Ines meets the challenge. The harder they push, the closer they become. In all the madness, Ines begins to understand that her eccentric father might deserve some place in her life after all.
Quote: „German cinema, that has to be seen this year.” Spiegel online
Director: Maren Ade
With ”Toni Erdmann“ the director and screenwriter Maren Ade (*1976) had her first international success. Her third feature film brought the young director to Cannes, the first German contribution to Europe’s most renowned film festival since 2008. It came as a surprise that “Toni Erdmann” was not granted an award, but the public loved him nevertheless.