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AFIRE [Germany], Thursday 22 February, 8pm

By December 8, 2023July 22nd, 2024archive, Season 25, Winter 2024

Online booking is appreciated. Click here to buy your ticket for AFIRE.

Our third film by Christian Petzold [Barbara, 2013; Transit, 2020], the director renowned as a modern master of suspense and a poet of Germany’s divided self. 

While vacationing by the Baltic Sea, writer Leon (Thomas Schubert) and photographer Felix (Langston Uibel) are surprised by the presence of Nadja (Petzold regular, 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.

Petzold’s acclaimed latest won the Silver Bear Grand Jury Prize at the 2023 Berlin International Film Festival. Intelligent and compelling, Afire is full of humour and tragedy.

91% Rotten Tomatoes

This entertaining, masterly, genre-defying comedy rightly took home Berlin’s Silver Bear. German master Christian Petzold deftly weaves ecological catastrophe, sexual capering and a portrait of beta masculinity into something extraordinary. – Irish Times

Afire is an entertainment with spark and philosophical insight — and a reminder that, as we contemplate apocalypse, we’d better learn to start understanding each other, and ourselves, a little more. – Financial Times

Christian Petzold returns with something lighter, funnier and more instantly-lovable … a film that’s much lighter and outwardly entertaining than what we’ve come to expect from him. – Little White Lies

Throughout this movie, an absorbing, barbed and frequently funny evisceration of artistic ego, Petzold practices a deft and disarming sleight of hand, using key details to keep the viewer off balance and deliver a stinging rebuke to Leon’s myopia. – Los Angeles Times

On one level, it seems to belong to international cinema’s increasingly prevalent strain of climate catastrophe dramas, on another it’s a brittle character piece, a comedy of social embarrassment with a dark and ultimately tragic undertow. – Screen International

  • Germany, 2023 | Language: German | 1 h 43 min | Cert: TBC
  • Director: Christian Petzold
  • Cast: Thomas Schubert, Paula Beer, Langston Uibel
  • Foreign language films are subtitled. 
  • Cert: CLUB for over 18s.
  • Tickets: €8.50/€7 concession
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