Singapore Premiere

Christian PETZOLD Germany 2023 102 min M18 (Some Homosexual Content)

A painfully self-serious young writer obsesses over work while life slips him by in this German twist on the summer film.

Leon retreats to a summerhouse by the Baltic coast to immerse himself in work—or so he claims. While spurning the frivolities of vacation with his friends, Leon also becomes increasingly frustrated at his unproductivity. Neither is he able to act on his attraction to the incandescent Nadja, a seasonal worker, whose type of work he disparages.

Afire plays out the conceit, insecurities and pretensions of a young artist with comedy and stunning pathos. But as the summer flits by and the miserable writer continues to seethe with dissatisfaction, forest fires raging in the distance signal an impending catastrophe that may just snap him out of his self-absorption.

3 Dec, Sun 7:00PM / 102 min

Filmgarde Kallang, Hall 3

10 Dec, Sun 6:30PM / 102 min

Filmgarde Kallang, Hall 2


Screening are free seating & first-come, first-serve basis. All ticket purchasers are kindly asked to be on time and note the 10-min grace period.

Plus, a new Rush Queue for last-min folks!


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Christian PETZOLD





102 min

M18 (Some Homosexual Content)

Singapore Premiere

Christian PETZOLD

A key figure of the Berlin School, Christian PETZOLD is known for Barbara (2012), which won Best Director at the Berlinale, and Phoenix (2014), which picked up the FIPRESCI Prize at San Sebastián. His last feature Undine (2020) bagged Best Actress and the FIPRESCI Prize at the Berlinale, while Afire won the Silver Bear at the
same festival.

Paula BEER
Langston UIBEL

Florian Koerner von GUSTORF
Michael WEBER

Christian PETZOLD