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‘Toni Erdmann’ Trailer: Fathers and Daughters Who Joke Together Stay Together in Maren Ade’s Cannes Standout

The bittersweet comedy comes out Christmas Day.

Toni Erdmann

“Toni Erdmann”

Vanity Fair has premiered the first trailer for “Toni Erdmann,” one of the standout premieres at this year’s Cannes Film Festival. Initially considered a potential frontrunner for the Palme d’Or, Maren Ade’s hilarious (but ultimately quite bittersweet) film eventually left the Croisette empty-handed — other than the near-universal praise with which it was met. Watch the trailer below.

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Peter Simonischek and Sandra Hüller star as a German father and daughter whose cordial relationship comes to a head when he drops in on her in Bucharest for an unannounced extended visit and his affinity for practical jokes wears on her more straitlaced sensibilities. It’s pure slapstick at times, but over the film’s 162-minute runtime (which, imposing as it may sound, doesn’t feel long enough) their strained dynamic comes to the fore.

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“Toni Erdmann” recently screened in Telluride and Toronto in addition to being announced as Germany’s submission to the Academy Awards. Sony Pictures Classics will release it theatrically on December 25.

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