August 3–7, 2016
Director/Screenplay: Maren Ade
In German and English, with English subtitles
Writer/director Maren Ade’s epic comedy about a prankster dad’s campaign to connect with his mortified workaholic daughter was the hands-down audience favourite at Cannes, and universally tipped to win. Assuming the persona of a clownish ‘life coach’, the eponymous anti-hero lays siege to the corporate lifestyle.
“Trust in the creative impulse informs every aspect of the film, from Ade’s dazzling script which has just enough of a classical comedic structure to support two hours and 42 minutes of surprises big and small, to her direction, which is designed to liberate the actors as much as possible while the camera rolls, to the performances (Simonischek and Hüller seem to be as amazed as we are by the things their characters lead them to do)… The last 45 minutes contains four set pieces that take a film that is already great to a higher (say, The Rules of the Game) level, and the less you know about them in advance the better. Let’s just say they involve a karaoke performance, nudity, a very hairy embrace, and finally, a from-the-heart statement about how we could and should live our lives, which in almost any other film would seem like treacle, but here is thoroughly earned and provokes the tears that lay beneath the laughter all along.” — Amy Taubin, Film Comment
“Long after this year’s juries have disbanded and the world has forgotten who won this year’s awards, the 2016 edition will best be remembered as the year Ms Ade gave us Toni Erdmann, a work of great beauty, great feeling and great cinema.” — Manohla Dargis, NY Times
“Get ready to retract every cliché joke you’ve ever made about Germans and their sense of humour.” — Jessica Kiang, The Playlist
Times are approx. and subject to change at any time.
Box Office Open: 1 Hour Prior to first session of the day
Auditorium Doors Open: 15 Minutes prior to film (Approx)
Duration: 162 Minutes
Box Office Close: 30 Minutes after last film starts