Christian Petzold’s new film Afire premiered in competition at the Berlin International Film Festival, where it won the Jury Prize Silver Bear. Petzold’s most comedic film, achieving that tone without sacrificing any of his signature filmmaking traits.
Synopsis: While vacationing by the Baltic Sea, writer Leon (Thomas Schubert) and photographer Felix (Langston Uibel) are surprised by the presence of Nadja (Paula Beer), a mysterious young woman staying as a guest at Felix’s family’s holiday home. Nadja distracts Leon from finishing his latest novel and with brutal honesty, forces him to confront his caustic temperament and self-absorption. As Nadja and Leon grow closer, an encroaching forest fire threatens the group and tensions escalate when a handsome lifeguard and Leon’s tight-lipped book editor also arrive. (Note: visit event website for additional dates.)