Academy Award-nominee for Best Foreign Language Film
Winner! Best Picture of the Year, Fipresci Grand Prix – Cannes Film Festival
Winner! Best Foreign Language Film – New York Film Critics Circle
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 more eye to eye. 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 flashy “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. As Toni, Winfried is bolder and doesn’t hold back, but 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.
Closed captioning glasses available for this film.
Germany | Austria | Romania, 2016, 162 minutes, Rated R, Directed by Maren Ade
“The Best Picture of the Year”– SLANT, SIGHT & SOUND, FILM COMMENT, CAHIERS DU CINEMA, METRO, BUZZFEED
“One of the Best Films of the Year”– THE NEW YORK TIMES, VULTURE, INDIEWIRE, THE PLAYLIST, NEW YORK MAGAZINE, CHICAGO TRIBUNE, VILLAGE VOICE, THE GUARDIAN
“Sensational. A work of great beauty, great feeling and great cinema.”– Manohla Dargis, THE NEW YORK TIMES
“Wickedly funny... (A) remarkable black comedy. Raucous, tender, completely unpredictable... Running over 2.5 hours and worth every minute.”– Michael Phillips, CHICAGO TRIBUNE
“Brilliantly funny and moving.”– Joe Morgenstern, THE WALL STREET JOURNAL
“The best and most beguiling foreign-language film of the year… will leave you laughing and choking back tears, often simultaneously.”– Peter Travers, ROLLING STONE