Toni Erdmann directed by Maren Ade and winner of Prize of the International Critics (FIPRESCI) at the 2016 Cannes Film Festival will kick off the upcoming Munich Film Festival.
“We are delighted this year to present such an extraordinary German film at the opening of the film festival,” says festival director Diana Iljine. “The third directorial effort of HFF Munich graduate Maren Ade is full of tragic comedy, finely observed and highly entertaining.”
Toni Erdmann tells of the relationship between Winfried (Peter Simonischek), a music teacher in his 60s, who for no joke is too good and Ines (Sandra Hüller), his daughter, who travels the world as a consultant. Father and daughter could not be more different: He, the soulful idealist, she, the rational management consultant who wants to succeed at a major outsourcing project in Romania needs to assert itself in a man. As Winfried dog dies, he seeks Ines in Bucharest. It comes to a confrontation between the two. But instead, as she announced to leave Bucharest again, Winfried surprises Ines with a radical transformation: in Toni Erdmann, his dazzling Alter Ego, a guy with crooked teeth, bad suit, wig and oblique joke.