“One of the 50 best filmmakers under 50 ... If I had to point to one young filmmaker in the world whose future seems to me the brightest, it would be Maren.”
KENT JONES, CINEMA SCOPE
If there was a film in 2016 that rivalled the curveball humour, squirmy awkwardness, or blindsided joys of German writer-director Maren Ade’s universally-adored Toni Erdmann, we didn’t see it! Named the best film of the year by the International Federation of Film Critics — a first for a woman-helmed picture — Ade’s coup de maître may feel like it came out of left field, but it’s only the latest (albeit, the most loudly trumpeted) in a succession of acclaimed, prize-winning films from the gifted 40-year-old filmmaker.
To mark the Canadian theatrical release of Toni Erdmann (due January 27, 2017), we present Maren Ade’s remarkable preceding features, The Forest for the Trees (2003) and Everyone Else (2010) — both beguiling, measured comedies that further established the so-called “Berlin School” as Germany’s first substantial new wave since the New German Cinema of the 1960s and ’70s.