Below is information regarding the 2016 St. Louis International Film Festival. The 2017 festival will take place Nov. 2-12, 2017.

Toni Erdmann

Schedule

Wednesday, Nov. 9 at 7:00pm

Winfried (Peter Simonischek) doesn’t see much of his working daughter Ines (Sandra Hüller). The suddenly student-less music teacher decides to surprise her with a visit after the death of his old dog. It’s an awkward move because serious career woman 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. Writing about “Toni Erdmann” at Cannes, Time’s Stephanie Zacharek noted the passionate ardor with which the film was embraced: “The first film to send critics here into communal rapture was German filmmaker Maren Ade’s ‘Toni Erdmann.’... To say ‘Toni Erdmann’ is funny doesn’t even begin to capture the out-there texture of the jokes, and of the actors’ timing.” London’s Telegraph ups the critical ante further: “The film’s sweetness and bitterness are held so perfectly in balance, and realised with such sinew-stiffening intensity, that watching it feels like a three-hour sports massage for your heart and soul.”

2016
162 min.
German

Directed by

Maren Ade

Country

Germany

Film Category

International Spotlight Oscar® Submissions Studio Spotlight Women in Film Spotlight

Subject

Family Issues

Genre

Dramedy