Maren Ade accepts the 2016 LUX Prize for her film Toni Erdmann

Toni Erdmann wins the 2016 LUX Film Prize

In an official awards ceremony held in Strasbourg on 23 November, President Martin Schulz announced Toni Erdmann by Maren Ade as the winner of the 2016 European Parliament LUX Prize.

The German/Austrian/Romanian co-production, which was chosen as the winner by a ballot of MEPs, is a political tragicomedy explores a complex relationship between a father and daughter in contemporary corporate culture and addresses the Prize's aim to encourage debate on current societal issues.

Mr Schulz said: “I convey my heartfelt congratulations to the team of the winning film Toni Erdmann. This film, which is a combination of dark comedy and hilarious drama, describes the difficult, tender and sometimes absurd relationship between a young woman living as an expatriate and her father. It poignantly describes how family relationships change and affect us in an ageing and competitive society. This film offers no easy answers but, between waves of hilarity, it encourages us to search for what needs to be protected and cherished.”

Culture and Education Committee chair Silvia Costa said: "One hundred films in ten years have been promoted in cinemas throughout Europe, thanks to the LUX Prize which gave a voice and eyes to the history of Europe. With the LUX Prize many independent directors and their young authors have reached public in other countries thanks to the subtitling in the 24 official EU languages. The Prize has enhanced the diversities and richness of European cinema, its themes, sensibilities and languages. Betting on and investing in the European cinematographic narrative is a key step in building the 'Europe of culture' in which we believe. Our commitment for the future is to foster the Prize, bringing the finalist films even outside Europe, starting from the Mediterranean countries."

Toni Erdmann will now be adapted for the visually and hearing impaired and receive support for international promotion. It has already been transalted into the 24 EU languages.

Audience Mention Award

Audiences can still vote for their favourite of the three finalist films - including As I Open My Eyes by Leyla Bouzid and My Life As a Courgette by Claude Barras - for the Audience Mention Award, which will be announced at the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival in July 2017.

Read more about the winning film and the LUX Prize on the official website.