Nilam Farooq wins the Bavarian Film Prize for a female lead in CONTRA
Munich, April 28, 2021 - Congratulations, dear Nilam Farooq! The actress wins the Bavarian Film Prize for her role as Naima in CONTRA. In Sönke Wortmann's latest film, she and Christoph Maria Herbst engage in true verbal battles and are in top form. The Constantin Film production was celebrated with a standing ovation at the 16th Zurich Film Festival in autumn 2020. The theatrical release is planned for October 28, 2021, distributed by Constantin Film.
Content: That was one xenophobic remark too much: Professor Richard Pohl (Christoph Maria Herbst) is in danger of being kicked out of his university after insulting law student Naima Hamid (Nilam Farooq) in a packed lecture hall. When the video goes viral, University President Alexander Lambrecht (Ernst Stötzner) gives his old companion one last chance: If the rhetorically gifted professor succeeds in getting the freshman Naima fit for a nationwide debating competition, his chances before the disciplinary committee would be much better. Pohl and Naima are equally appalled, but over time the unequal community of convenience collects its first successes - until Naima realizes that the multi-cultural fairy tale apparently only serves one purpose: to save the university's reputation.
The amusing and unmasking tragicomedy by successful director Sönke Wortmann is based on the French model “Le Brio”, which screenwriter Doron Wisotzky (“Endemacher”, “What a Man”) adapted for German cinema.
Theatrical release: October 28, 2021 distributed by Constantin Film