Toni Erdmann brings down the house at Palm Springs

2016 LUX Prize winner Toni Erdmann continues notching up success after success. After taking home the main prizes from the European Film Awards (read more), Maren Ade’s comedy has now pocketed the FIPRESCI Prize for Best Foreign-language Film of the Year at the 27th Palm Springs International Film Festival (PSIFF), which drew to a close on 16 January. Unspooling over two weeks, the annual event organised by the Film Society aims to gather the best of international film under one roof, and has already established itself as the first stop on the road to the Oscars.

The unstoppable film is not the only European winner at the American gathering - Isabelle Huppert and Gael García Bernal won FIPRESCI prizes for their roles in Paul Verhoeven’s Elle and Pablo Larraín’s Neruda, respectively.

In any case, this win marks the path for Toni Erdmann to follow on their way to the Oscars. Ade’s film is shortlisted for the Foreign Language Film category for the 89th Academy Awards, alongside 2016 LUX Prize finalist My Life as a Courgette by Claude Barras.

Stay tuned for the final Oscar nominations, which will be announced on 24 January, 2017.