10am – 12:45pm
Watch Party: 2016 LUX Prize winning feature film ‘Toni Erdmann’ from Germany/Austria/Romania
A critical favorite at the 69th Cannes Film Festival, the winner of the FIPRESCI Grand Prix for best film of the year, and the 2016 European Parliament LUX Prize winner, ‘Toni Erdmann’ reveals deep social and economic divides as the heroine’s perception of what constitutes a fulfilling life is turned upside down. This film puts a magnifying glass on important themes relevant to today’s globalized world such as gender issues, socio-economic imbalance, free movement of people across borders, and fundamentally different approaches to life between old and new generations.
Join us for this special matinée with European coffee and pastries!
Winfried doesn’t see much of his working daughter Ines. 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.