Directed by Maren Ade
With Sandra Hüller, Peter Simonischek, Michael Wittenborn
Rated R, 162 minutes, DCP
Academy Award Nominee – Best Foreign Language Film
A German daughter (Sanrda Hüller) is surprised by her estranged father (Peter Simonischek), who joins her unannounced as she is outposted in Romania with her corporation. A retired music teacher with a penchant for pranks and a hippie streak, the father dons a costume and creates a persona (named Toni Erdmann) to goof his daughter. His short gag cements itself as the new Herr Erdmann becomes interwoven with his daughter’s workplace. This year’s toast of Europe’s art cinema scene and Film Comment’s #1 film of the year, the film would become the fourth German film to win the Foreign Language Oscar and first since The Lives of Others.