Toni Erdmann

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Toni Erdmann


Tuesday Apr 25 01:00 PM
Tuesday Apr 25 07:30 PM


Doris Duke Theatre


Museum members: $8.00
General Admission: $10.00


About the Film:

Directed by Maren Ade. Germany/Austria. 2016. 162 min. English, German, and Romanian with English subtitles.

Winfried, a music teacher, doesn't see much of his working daughter Ines. When his dog dies, he decides to surprise Ines with a visit. It's an awkward move because career-focused Ines is working on an important project as a corporate strategist in Bucharest. The geographical change doesn't help the two to see more eye to eye. Practical joker Winfried loves to annoy his daughter with corny pranks. What's worse are his little jabs at her routine lifestyle of long meetings, hotel bars and performance reports. Father and daughter reach an impasse, and Winfried agrees to return home to Germany.

Enter flashy Toni Erdmann—Winfried's smooth-talking alter ego. Disguised in a tacky suit, weird wig and even weirder fake teeth, Toni barges into Ines' professional life, claiming to be her CEO's life coach. As Toni, Winfried is bolder and doesn't hold back, but Ines meets the challenge. The harder they push, the closer they become. In all the madness, Ines begins to understand that her eccentric father might deserve some place in her life after all.

This New York Times Critics’ Pick is a quirky comedy, but also slyly political, casting looks at where Europe is headed. It won the best actress, actor, director, screenwriter, and film awards at the 2016 European Film Awards.

Read the New York Times review

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