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German Comedy is winning all the awards

The German-Austrian comedy drama “Toni Erdmann” took major honors at this years European Film Awards.

The film won five gongs at the ceremony held in Wroclaw in Poland last weekend.

STORY? Winfried doesn’t see much of his working daughter Ines. The 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..

The film, based on a father-daughter relationship won Best European Film.  It was written and directed by Maren Ade also known for films such as Everyone Else, Redemption and Sleeping Sickness. Ade took home the awards for best European director and screenwriter.

Sandra Hueller was named best European actress for the female lead, and Peter Simonischek of Austria won best European actor for the role of Toni Erdmann.

“A Man Called Ove,” a Swedish/Norwegian production, picked up Best European Comedy,

 

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