CANNES — Confirming its status as a Palme d’Or frontrunner, 2016 Cannes sensation “Toni Erdmann” won the International Critics’ Prize Saturday for best picture in Cannes Competition. Plaudit was awarded by the International Federation of Film Critics (Fipresci).
A “stunningly singular” third feature from Germany’s Maren Ade, per Variety’s Guy Lodge, “Maren Ade” has been one of the best reviewed Cannes Competition movies in the last decade. Lodge, for example, called it a “unique study of an estranged but mutually depressive father and daughter” which is “a humane, hilarious triumph.” Last year’s Fipresci Competition winner, “Son of Saul,” went on to Oscar glory, snagging an Academy Award in the foreign language category. Sold by The Match Factory, “Toni Erdmann” is a Komplizen Film production in co-production with Coop99, KNM, Missing Link Films and SWR/WDR/ARTE. Sony Pictures Classics has acquired “Toni Erdmann” for North and Latin America.