Janus Films and Sideshow swoop on Christian Petzold’s Berlin prize-winner, ‘Afire’

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Sideshow and Janus Films have picked up their second film from Berlin, taking North American rights to Christian Petzold’s Silver Bear grand jury prize-winner Afire.

  • ‘Afire’: Berlin Review

The partners plan a summer theatrical release on the story set against the backdrop of climate catastrophe as four young people convene at a small holiday house by the Baltic Sea, where emotions ignite.

Thomas Schubert, Paula Beer, Langston Uibel, Enno Trebs and Matthias Brandt star, and producers are Florian Koerner von Gustorf, Michael Weber, and Anton Kaiser.

Sideshow and Janus Films negotiated the deal with The Match Factory on behalf of the filmmakers and said, “Christian Petzold has consistently been one of the most thrilling and surprising filmmakers. Afire represents him working at the peak of his craft with an exhilarating amount of confidence and even humor. We are proud to bring the film to theaters this year.”

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