THE extraordinary German comedy Toni Erdmann is Ilkley Film Society’s next screening on Sunday, October 7 (7.30pm, Ilkley Playhouse).

Business woman Ines, working in Romania for an oil company, is dismayed when her father, Winfried, a compulsive prankster and child of the 6os, arrives in Bucharest with a wig, fake teeth and a false name, Toni Erdmann. He is worried by her seriousness and lack of any life outside her work and makes it his mission to intervene, bringing chaos and embarrassment into her world.

Toni Erdmann won the critics’ award for best film at the 2016 Cannes Festival, Film Of The Year in Sight & Sound’s prestigious poll and a rave review from Mark Kermode of the BBC and Observer. Director Maren Ade is one of six female directors featured in the Society’s current season and Sandra Huller’s performance as Ines is outstanding.

Not the least unusual feature of the film is its length – over two and a half hours – which accounts for the screening time, half an hour earlier than usual. Anyone arriving after 7.30pm will not be able to enter the building as the Playhouse doors must be closed when a performance begins – please note!

Membership for the new season is still available (details at ) and new members will be able to join on the night. Non-members are welcome as guests (£4) but are asked to phone Dave Howell on 01943 430097 to reserve a seat.