Maren Ade's Toni Erdmann

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Maren Ade's Toni Erdmann – 60th BFI London Film Festival

  • 8 Oct 2016 — 9 Oct 2016
Imported 2411
Imported 2411

Embankment Garden Cinema

UK

When Winfried’s career-driven, expat daughter Ines pays a flying visit from Romania, the pair’s awkward reunion is incessantly and – from her perspective – gratefully interrupted by work-related calls. Shortly after, Winfried travels to see Ines in Bucharest. The trip doesn’t go well and Winfried decides that his daughter’s life needs a few changes. Or rather, his bewigged, snaggle-toothed alter ego ‘Toni Erdmann’ does. Toni turns up at the worst moments, ambushing and pranking an already stressed Ines at work meetings and social engagements, to ends neither of them could possibly predict. Cannes 2016’s unanimous breakout hit (causing hardened critics to break out in spontaneous applause, twice), writer-director Maren Ade’s near-three-hour tragi-comedy is as continually surprising, hilarious, exasperating and bizarrely touching as its shambling, mischievous, titular shapeshifter. This belated follow-up to her superb 2009 Berlinale award-winner Everyone Else settles into its own loose-limbed pace and loping rhythms. Consequently, Ade mines so much more than a straightforward domestic drama. By using comedy to probe the disconnect between estranged family members, she explores the demands of the modern corporate environment where everything, even personal ties, are subject to market forces. And as Winfried and Ines, Austrian stage veteran Peter Simonischek and Sandra Hüller (Requiem) give two of the year’s standout performances, in one of its very best films.

Dir-Scr Maren Ade
Prod Janine Jackowski, Jonas Dornbach, Maren Ade, Michel Merkt
With Sandra Hüller, Peter Simonischek
Germany-Austria 2016
162min
UK Distribution Soda Pictures

Saturday 08 October 2016 17:00,
Embankment Garden Cinema

Sunday 09 October 2016 11:00,
Embankment Garden Cinema

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