One problematic remark too many: Professor Richard Pohl is in danger of being kicked out of his job after insulting law student Naima Hamid in front of a packed lecture hall. When the video goes viral, the college president gives him one last chance: his chances before the disciplinary committee will be much better if he succeeds in preparing freshman Hamid for a national debate competition. Pohl and Naima are equally appalled but over time this unlikely duo starts clicking – until Naima realizes that the multicultural fairy tale only serves one purpose: to save the college’s reputation.

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Directed by Sönke Wortmann
Starring Nilam Farooq, Christoph Maria Herbst, Hassan Akkouch
Genre Comedy
Running time 103 min
Language German
Nationality Germany
Scriptwriter Doron Wisotzky
Cinematographer Holly Fink
Produced by Constantin Film Produktion
Local Release 2021 - Oct 28
Film Status Completed


World Premiere: Zurich Film Festival - Gala Section

Festival Des Deutschen Films – Russian Premiere

Stony Brook FF USA - North America Premiere - Official Selection


LOLA Awards 2022, German Film Prize, nomination for Best Film

Bavarian Film Prize for Nilam Farooq - for a female lead in her role as Naima

Stony Brook 2022 Audience Award Best Feature

Lubitsch Prize 2022 - to Christoph Maria Herbst and Nilam Farooq

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