Screening sponsored by the Portland German Film Festival:
Thursday, January 26, 2017 @ 7:00 PM at CINEMA 21
Germany | Austria | Romania (2016) , 2 hr 42 min
Directed by Maren Ade
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.
The film was selected to compete for the Palme d’Or at the 2016 Cannes Film Festival. It was selected as the German submission for the Best Foreign Language Film at the 89th Academy Awards. It won five awards at the 29th European Film Awards, including Best Film, Best Director, Best Screenwriter, Best Actor, and Best Actress, and it was the first time a film directed by a woman that won the top award.