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Toni Erdmann Dir. Maren Ade

  • Germany
  • 162 mins
  • 2016
  • Comedy | Drama
  • Colour
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Main Cast: Sandra Hüller, Peter Simonischek, Michael Wittenborn

Nominated for an Oscar and winner of the 2016 Best Film at the European Film Awards, Toni Erdmann is a remarkably touching and outrageously funny portrait of a father-daughter relationship. Ines is a highly-strung career woman whose life in corporate Bucharest takes a turn for the bizarre with the arrival of her estranged father Winfried. A practical joker with a liking for silly disguises and childish pranks, Winfried attempts to reconnect with his daughter by introducing the eccentric alter ego Toni Erdmann to catch Ines off guard, not knowing how capable she is of rising to the challenge.

This film premiered at Cannes in 2016 where it received the highest aggregate critics score in the festival’s history. It is an extraordinary piece of film-making from Maren Ade, which showcases outstanding performances in its central roles, notably from Peter Simonischek, who will be in Kilkenny to present the weekend screenings. If you haven’t seen it, don’t miss it!

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