Maren Ade's "Toni Erdmann" Wins the Critics Prize in Cannes

May 22, 2016
Maren Ade's "Toni Erdmann" Wins the Critics Prize in Cannes

The Critics Jury in Cannes (France, May 11-22, 2016) presented three prizes: to a film in Competition; to a film in "Un Certain Regard"; and a third one for either the Critics Week or Directors' Fortnight.

Prize, in Competition: "Toni Erdmann" by Maren Ade (Germany, 2016, 162 minutes). Motivation: "A film gorgeously crafted, made with a fresh and a sensitive approach, that captures the complex relationship between father and daughter and comments on the lunacy of today’s world."

Prize, Un Certain Regard: "Caini" (Dogs) by Bogdan Mirica (France, Romania, Bulgaria, Qatar, 2016, 104 minutes). Motivation: "A promising first feature that skillfully mixes crime and western genres, giving us insight into conflicts of contemporary Romania."

Prize, Parallel Sections: "Grave" (Raw) by Julia Ducournau (France, Belgium, 2016, 95 min. Motivation: "An impressive debut with a strong visual language. The director tells a dark coming of age story and uses themes from horror movies to express the solitude and sexual awakening of a troubled teenage girl."

The jury was composed of Alin Tasciyan, Turkey, President; Pamela Biénzobas, Chile; Tereza Brdeckova, Czech Republic; Michael Kienzl, Germany; Noémie Luciani, France; Bujor Ion Ripeanu, Romania; Rita di Santo, UK; Vecdi Sayar, Turkey; and Leo Soesanto, France.

During the award ceremony Alin Tasciyan, president of FIPRESCI, presented to Thierry Frémaux, the General Delegate of the Cannes Film Festival, a special award to thank him and the Festival for 70 years of hospitality and cooperation, from 1946 to nowadays. The plate was engraved with the wording: "For keeping cinema in our memories as the art of our times".