Toni Erdmann

Toni Erdmann

After Everyone Else, a rather gloomy probe into a dysfunctional relationship, German directress Maren Ade comes up with one of the most joyful films of this year’s festival season. Toni Erdmann is an insightful and multi-faceted portrayal of coming together between a father and a daughter, which wraps social criticism in the mantle of comedy with absurd undertones.In hopes of pursuing career in a supranational corporation, ambitious Ines gives up on her private life while drifting away from home and her loved ones. Coming to the rescue is her freewheeling father who relishes wearing disguises and false teeth. He invades her professional life as his unpredicta- ble alter ego that lent the film its name. The ensuing cascade of comic and awkward situations gradually erodes Ines’s self-confidence and undermines her conviction that career should be the meaning of anyone’s life. Representing Germany in vying for Best Foreign Language Film at upcoming Oscars, Toni Erdmann pithily caricatures the corporate world, its twisted rules and professional mumbo jumbo.

  • Year:
  • Runtime:
    163 min.
  • Country:
    Germany, Austria
  • Director:
    Maren Ade
  • Screenplay:
    Maren Ade
  • Dir. of Photography:
    Patrick Orth
  • Editor:
    Heike Parplies
  • Cast:
    Sandra Huller, Peter Simonischek
  • Production:
    Coop99 Filmproduktion, Komplizen Film, KNM, Missing Link Films, Südwestrundfunk (SWR), Westdeutscher Rundfunk (WDR)
  • Sales:
    The Match Factory, Film Europe Media Company (Slovak distributor)
  • Festivals:
    Cannes 2016 (FIPRESCI Award), San Sebastián 2016 (FIPRESCI Film of the Year)


11.11.2016 15:15 Kino Lumière (K2)

About the Director:

Maren Ade

Maren Ade (1976, Karlsruhe, Germany) is a German producer, scriptwriter and directress. She is particularly interested in the most prosaic aspects of human relations. Be it teacher Melanie’s complicated emotional life in her debut, The Forest for the Trees (Der Wald vor lauter Bäumen, 2003), a detailed portrayal of a decaying relationship in Everyone Else (Alle Anderen, 2009 – Silver Bear from Berlinale) or an exceptional analysis of the bond between a father and a daughter in Toni Erdmann, Maren Ade remains faithful to her civil and empathetic methods of directing that have placed her among the most successful German filmmakers today