26 August 2016.
TONI ERDMANN **** (vo German)
This surprising and innovative story from Germany, about a curious father/daughter relationship, was the biggest hit of the 2016 Cannes film festival. After years of exclusion from Cannes (except for the occasional Wim Wenders work), this German film by the vivacious Maren Ade showed there is tremendous talent, humor and deep emotions from that country.
A daughter who is an up-tight, modern career woman and an often-absent/constant-prankster father who decides to change their cold relationship are the basis for this strange and magical film. According to critics and the public it should have walked away with the Palme d’Or, but the Jury decided otherwise. Check it out for yourselves – you will be elated.
And if you are interested in hearing from the film makers, here is the Cannes press conference:
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Neptune Ravar Ingwersen reviews film extensively for publications in Switzerland. She views 4 to 8 films a week and her aim is to sort the wheat from the chaff for readers.