Simon Verhoeven receives the "Ernst Lubitsch Prize" for his film Nightlife, which is awarded annually by the Club of Filmcritics Berlin.
Simon about the award: "For me, the Ernst Lubitsch Prize is one of the most beautiful prizes a director and writer can ever receive. I am touched, honored and grateful. Ernst Lubitsch and Billy Wilder are gods and of course I am only human, but this award will be a strong incentive for me to keep trying to entertain, to touch, to delight in charming and humane ways. Especially in these depressing times, this seems infinitely important to me. Now the cinemas just have to open again!
Nightlife became the most successful German film of the year with 1.4 million viewers. In a year in which not only our film remained far below its potential, but almost all films, distributors and above all the cinemas were hit extremely hard, the joy is of course very limited.
At the Monte-Carlo Comedy Film Festival Nightlife received the main prizes for Best Film, Best Director, the Audience Award as well as a Special Mention for the cast. That´s nice.
The comedy about a first date that turns into a turbulent chase through Berlin's nightlife started in February 2020 at number 1 in the German cinema charts with 355,000 viewers on the first weekend. When Nightlife had reached 1.1 million visitors, the cinemas were closed due to the corona crisis.