GOETHE FILMS: We’re Funny That Way

Sandra Hüller in Toni Erdmann © Komplizen Film

GOETHE FILMS is presented by the Goethe-Institut at the TIFF Lightbox

April 9 + 17 + 23, 2024
For more information, visit the Goethe-Institut website.

German humour isn’t typically centre stage, but when filmmakers from Hamburg to Berlin dive into comedy, things get wonderfully wild, weird, and unforgettable as three international hit films, each a category onto themselves, prove.

In Wolfgang Becker’s classic Good Bye, Lenin!, a young Daniel Brühl strives to recreate a vanished East Berlin for his ailing mother. Maren Ade’s Toni Erdmann features almost-Oscar winner Sandra Hüller as a beleaguered consultant trailed by her oddball father and a creature named Kukeri. And in I’m Your Man, director Maria Schrader orchestrates a smart and tender AI robo-romance with Maren Eggert, Dan Stevens, and Sandra Hüller.

April 9, 2024, 6:30 pm

GOOD BYE, LENIN! (Germany 2003, 2h 1m)
by Wolfgang Becker, with Daniel Brühl, Katrin Sass, Maria Simon, Burghardt Klaussner (The Crown; Bridge of Spies) and more; film score by Yann Thiersen (Amélie)

In 1990, shortly after the fall of the Berlin Wall, Alex (Daniel Brühl) tries to protect his fragile mother from a potentially fatal shock after a long coma, doing everything possible to keep her from learning that her beloved East Germany has disappeared.

“An ingenious little idea that is funny, moving and—gasp!—even makes you think.“ – Empire Magazine, who ranked the film among The 100 Best Films of World Cinema

April 17, 2024, 6.30 pm

TONI ERDMANN (Germany 2016, 2h 42 m)
by Maren Ade, with Sandra Hüller, Peter Simonischek and more

A practical joking father tries to reconnect with his hard-working daughter (Hüller) by creating an outrageous alter ego and posing as her CEO’s life coach, Toni Erdmann, turning her life and ambitious career upside down.

“Achingly funny, utterly surprising, a genuine crowd pleaser.” – LA Times

April 23, 2024, 6:30 pm

I’M YOUR MAN (Germany 2021, 1h 48 m)
by Maria Schrader (She Said; Unorthodox), with Maren Eggert (I Was At Home, But), Dan Stevens (Downtown Abbey), Sandra Hüller and more

In order to obtain research funds for her studies, a scientist accepts an offer to participate in an extraordinary experiment. For three weeks, she is to live with a humanoid robot, created to make her happy.

“With a thought-provoking concept brought to humorous life by a pair of well-matched leads, I’m Your Man is an AI rom-com whose intelligence is anything but artificial.” – Rotten Tomatoes

In 2024, GOETHE FILMS is celebrating 70 years of German Films, Germany’s film marketing agency and a strong partner of the Goethe-Institut worldwide, with this program curated out of a selection of the best and most successful German films over the past seven decades by German film expert Alfred Holighaus.

Language: with English subtitles; viewer discretion is advised.

Price: Tickets $10 at TIFF online or day-of at in-person TIFF box office or by phone 1-888-258-8433

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