Germany submits Toni Erdmann for the Oscars

From Toni Erdmann movie
The Cannes critics’ and FIPRESCI’s favourite and LUX Prize competitor Toni Erdmann by Maren Ade has been submitted to represent Germany at the Oscars, in the Best Foreign-language Film category. The decision was made by an independent jury appointed by German Films and comprising the representatives of eight different associations and institutions of the German film industry. 
 
The jury substantiated its decision as follows: "Toni Erdmann stood out among the eight films presented for its resolute artistic signature. It is a bold and stylistically confident cinematic display of character in touch with the pulse of our times." Ade conveyed her joy about the jury’s decision with a touch of humour: "I am very happy that the jury is sending Toni Erdmann into the Oscar race and am anxious to see how Toni behaves in Los Angeles."
 
Toni Erdmann, which is now one of the three finalists for the LUX Prize alongside Claude Barras’ My Life as a Courgette and Leyla Bouzid’s As I Open My Eyes, world-premiered in competition at Cannes, where it garnered euphoric acclaim from the audience, the press and the industry alike, and won the FIPRESCI Award. This autumn, Ade’s film will go to Toronto, San Sebastián and New York. At the opening-night ceremony of the Spanish festival, Toni Erdmann will be awarded the 2016 FIPRESCI Grand Prix for Best Film of Year.
 
International sales agent The Match Factory has already sold the film to 100 territories worldwide. It was very successfully released in France last week (via Haut et Court, already 105,000 admissions) and Sony Pictures Classics is planning to release it in the USA at the end of December. In Germany, Toni Erdmann was released by NFP Marketing & Distribution on 14 July, and has already exceeded 450,000 admissions.
 
Of course, the film will also be seen in some 28 European Union members through the LUX Film Days, which will take the LUX finalists to special screenings and festivals all over the continent, with subtitles in 24 different languages.
 
The LUX Film Prize winner will be announced on 23 November, while the Oscars will be given out on 29 February 2017, after having unveiled the nominees on 24 January. Will Mr. Toni Erdmann walk both red carpets with his fake teeth on?