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Young novelist Leon plans to spend a quiet working summer with his friend Felix in a cottage on the Baltic Sea. But from the start, nothing goes according to plan. On the way, their car breaks down, and when they finally arrive, they encounter an unexpected guest, the enigmatic Nadja. The duo soon turns into a trio and then a quartet, which Leon doesn’t like at all. When fires start raging in the area, four young people are trapped in a Baltic idyll in which their inflamed emotions will reach the point of combustion. Afire is the latest film by popular German director Christian Petzold (Undine – ZFF 2020) and winner of the Silver Bear Grand Jury Prize at this year’s Berlinale.
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Christian Petzold (1960) is one of the most important contemporary German directors and, alongside Thomas Arslan and Angela Schanelec, a representative of the so-called Berlin Film School. His films Barbara (Silver Bear for Best Director 2012), Feniks (2014) and Transit (2018) place the intimate stories of the protagonists in dark periods of recent German history. The film Undine (2020) is a contemporary adaptation of The Little Mermaid (Silver Bear for Best Actress), and for the latest film Afire (2023) he won the Silver Bear Grand Jury Prize at Berlinale.