AFIRE / 21-27.12.2023. / 18:00

21.12.2023-27.12.2023, 18:00

Germany, 2023, 103’

Director: Christian Petzold

Cast: Thomas Schubert, Paula Beer, Langston Uibel, Enno Trebs…

While forest fire surrounds the beachfront house, Leon and Felix are trying to complete their book and an art portfolio. The unexpected presence of Nadja and Devid, a couple lodging at the same property, puts a stop to their plans. Leon tries to maintain a professional demeanor, suppressing his introverted nature and masking his vexation with the cheerfulness of others. However, the arrival of Leon’s publisher only further deepens the mounting unease as the sky turns a fiery shade of red and the ash of the surrounding forest descends upon the four. The second installment of the trilogy that Petzold began with Undine (2020), and Afire (2023) talks about the loss of opportunity to be a part of the world by letting life slip through your fingers.

Festivals / Awards: Berlin International Film Festival – Silver Bear Grand Jury Prize, European Film Festival Palić– Golden Tower for Best Film, FIPRESCI prize for Best Film