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by Christian Petzold


Leon and Felix’s plan was to spend the summer together in a holiday home on the Baltic coast. They wanted to be there as friends but also to work – one on his second book, the other assembling his art portfolio. But Nadja and Devid are also there, and they bring lots of positive vibes with them. Four young people experimenting with love, even though this does not come easy to Leon. His unfinished manuscript haunts him wherever he goes, whether he is at the summerhouse or the beach. The others’ good mood often causes his to plummet. A visit from his publisher is imminent. But, as the latter arrives in his nifty small car, the forest begins to blaze. It rains ash, the sky turns red, and a relationship-drama that merges physical intensity and artistic sublimation takes a turn into a new dimension.

international title: Afire
original title: Roter Himmel
country: Germany
sales agent: The Match Factory
year: 2023
genre: fiction
directed by: Christian Petzold
film run: 103’
release date: DE 20/04/2023, UK 25/08/2023, FR 06/09/2023, IT 30/11/2023, ES 14/06/2024
screenplay: Christian Petzold
cast: Thomas Schubert, Paula Beer, Langston Uibel, Enno Trebs, Matthias Brandt
cinematography by: Hans Fromm
film editing: Bettina Böhler
producer: Florian Koerner von Gustorf, Michael Weber, Anton Kaiser
production: Schramm Film Koerner & Weber
distributor: Piffl Medien Filmverleih, Curzon Artificial Eye, Les Films du Losange, Wanted Cinema, Filmin

Photogallery 22/02/2023: Berlinale 2023 - Afire

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