Oscar Nominee for Best Foreign Language Film!
One of the most talked-about films at this year’s Cannes Film Festival, Maren Ade’s new film is an alternately hilarious and mortifying comedy about the fraught relationship between a repressed corporate consultant and her incessantly prank-playing dad.
An audacious twist on the screwball comedy. Here, the twosome is an aging-hippie prankster father and his corporate-ladderclimbing daughter. Toni Erdmann delivers art and entertainment in equal measure and charmed just about everyone who saw it at the Cannes Film Festival this year. After years absent from the life of his high-powered businesswoman daughter, a prank-loving dad decides to remedy the problem by showing up unannounced and crashing into every part of her life with hilarious comic results. Maren Ade’s dazzling script is filled with surprises, both big and small. Meanwhile, her direction is designed to liberate the actors as much as possible while the camera rolls, resulting in sublime performances by Sandra Hüller and Peter Simonischek. (Germany & Austria, 2016, 142 min., German, English & Romanian, R, Digital | Dir. Maren Ade)