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Roter Himmel

Roter Himmel

Original name: Roter Himmel
English name: Afire
Year: 2023
Run time: 103 Min
Language: German
Type (Colour/ Black & white): Colour
Country: Germany
Director: Christian Petzold
Producers: Florian Koerner von Gustorf, Michael Weber, Anton Kaiser
cast: Thomas Schubert, Paula Beer, Langston Uibel, Enno Trebs, Matthias Brandt
Screenplay: Christian Petzold
Cinematographer: Hans Fromm
Editor: Bettina Böhler
Sound Designer: Dominik Schleier, Adrian Baumeister, Lars Ginzel, Andreas Mücke-Niesytka
Production Company: Schramm Film Koerner Weber Kaiser
World Sales: The Match Factory


  • Berlinale 2023
  • San Sebastián IFF 2023
  • Tribeca FF 2023
  • MAMI Mumbai FF 2023
  • São Paulo IFF 2023
  • Melbourne IFF 2023

Director’s Selected Filmography:

  • 2020 Undine
  • 2018 Transit
  • 2012 Barbara
  • 2007 Yella
  • 2003 Wolfsburg
  • 2001 The State I Am In

Director's Biography:

Christian Petzold

Christian Petzold (Hilden, Germany. 1960) debuted with The State I Am In (2001), which premiered at Venice. In 2003 Wolfsburg won the FIPRESCI Prize in the Panorama section of the Berlinale, where he participated in the official competition with Ghosts (2005), Yella (2007) and Barbara (2012), for which he bagged the Silver Bear for Best Director. In 2014 he competed with Phoenix in the Official Selection at San Sebastian, where he won the FIPRESCI Prize. He returned to the Berlinale competition with Transit (2018), Undine (2020), recipient of the FIPRESCI Prize, and Afire, winner of this year's Silver Bear Grand Jury Prize.


A small holiday house by the Baltic sea. The days are hot and it hasn’t rained in weeks. Four young people come together, friends old and new. As the parched forests around them begin to ignite, so do their emotions. Happiness, lust and love; but also jealousies, resentments and tensions. Meanwhile the forests burn. And before long, the flames are there.