Afire (Roter Himmel)

Self-centered author Leon (Thomas Schubert) struggles to finish his second novel during a seaside holiday. Hoping for solitude to write, he rents a small house by the Baltic Sea, where—because of miscommunication—others have already taken up residence. Leon becomes furious and distracted as the rest of the housemates enjoy their summer. The days are dry, and as the surrounding parched forests begin to ignite, so do smoldering emotions. Afire, the latest drama from German auteur Christian Petzold (Transit), won the Silver Bear Grand Jury Prize at the 2023 Berlin International Film Festival.

The MFAH film department is supported by Tenaris; The June Leaf and Robert Frank Foundation; the Vaughn Foundation; The Consulate General of the Republic of Korea; Nina and Michael Zilkha; Franci Neely; Carrin Patman and Jim Derrick; Ms. Laurence Unger; L′Alliance Française de Houston; and ILEX Foundation.

Afire (Roter Himmel)

Directed by Christian Petzold
(Germany, 2023, 102 minutes, in German with English subtitles)
Lynn Wyatt Theater


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