The two actors appear in the cinematic comedy “Contra” by Sönke Wortmann as a student and teacher who do not get along well at first. They convinced the jury with this.


Nilam Farooq (32) and Christoph Maria Herbst (55) receive the Ernst Lubitsch Prize for their performance in the film “Contra” by Sönke Wortmann.

The long-established, unendowed award from the Club der Filmjournalisten Berlin recognizes the best performance in a German-language cinematic comedy. It commemorates director and master of comedy Ernst Lubitsch (1892-1947) – and is actually awarded on Lubitsch’s birthday (January 29). This year, due to the pandemic, it is not yet known when it will be presented, as the organizer explained on Thursday. The “Berliner Zeitung” previously reported on the winners.

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In “Contra”, Farooq (“SOKO Leipzig”) plays a student openly discriminated against by her teacher (Herbst, “Stromberg”) in the amphitheater. As atonement, he must prepare her for a debating contest. Both reluctantly get involved in joint training and get to know surprising sides of each other.

Among the winners of the Lubitsch prize, awarded since 1958, were Simon Verhoeven, Katharina Thalbach, Gert Fröbe, Cornelia Froboess, Heinz Rühmann, Loriot, Mario Adorf, Christiane Hörbiger, Michael Gwisdek, Til Schweiger, Sophie Rois, Dani Levy, Anke Engelke and Tom Tykwer. (dpa)