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64th TIFF: Greek Premiere

Set against the backdrop of a seaside town threatened by encroaching wildfires, Christian Petzold’s latest is a breezy, often funny, yet emotionally layered melodrama of creative and romantic insecurities along the German Riviera. The film centers around Leon, a disgruntled novelist struggling to finish his manuscript while traveling with his photographer friend to a vacation home near the Baltic Sea, where they’re met by an unexpected third house guest, whose presence distracts Leon as much as it cringingly exposes his self-obsessed bubble. Full of sunkissed tints and nocturnal blues, Afire finds the director operating with a deceptively light touch, but what starts as a hangout comedy gradually opens up into something entirely more surprising and psychologically complex.

Screening Schedule

No physical screenings scheduled.

Direction: Christian Petzold
Script: Christian Petzold
Cinematography: Hans Fromm
Editing: Bettina Böhler
Sound: Andreas Mücke-Niesytka, Dominik Schleier, Marek Forreiter, Bettina Böhler
Actors: Thomas Schubert, Paula Beer, Langston Uibel, Enno Trebs, Matthias Brandt
Production: Schramm Film Koerner Weber Kaiser
Producers: Florian Koerner von Gustorf, Michael Weber, Anton Kaiser
Co-production: ZDF, arte
Costumes: Katharina Ost
Production Design: K.D. Gruber
Make Up: Hannah Fischleder
Format: DCP
Color: Color
Production Country: Germany
Production Year: 2023
Duration: 103'
Distribution in Greece: One From The Heart
Contact: The Match Factory
Awards/Distinctions: Silver Bear (Grand Jury Prize) – Berlin IFF 2023, Golden Tower for Best Film, FIPRESCI Prize – Palic Film Festival 2023, Special Jury Mention – Odessa IFF 2023

Christian Petzold

Born in Hilden, Germany in 1960, Christian Petzold has lived in Berlin since 1981. He studied German and drama at Freie Universität Berlin and then, from 1988 to 1994, film at the German Film and Television Academy Berlin (DFFB). He directed his first feature film in 1995. Made in 2000, his film The State I Am In won Gold at the German Film Awards; he was awarded the Silver Bear for Best Director for Barbara in 2012. Undine marks his fifth film to be presented in the Berlinale Competition and, following Transit, his second collaboration with Paula Beer and Franz Rogowski.


2000 The State I Am In
2003 Wolfsburg
2005 Ghosts
2007 Yella
2008 Jerichow
2012 Barbara
2014 Phoenix
2018 Transit
2020 Undine
2023 Afire