by Christian Petzold



A small holiday house by the baltic sea. The days are hot and it hasn’t rained in weeks. Four young people come together, friends old and new. As the parched forests around them begin to ignite, so do their emotions. Happiness, lust and love; but also jealousies, resentments and tensions. Meanwhile the forests burn. And before long, the flames are there.


Christian Petzold was born in Hilden in 1960. After studying German and theater at the Free University of Berlin, he studied film at the German Film and Television Academy Berlin (DFFB) from 1988 to 1994.


2020 Undine
2018 Transit
2015 Phoenix
2012 Barbara
2011 Dreileben - Beats Being Dead
2008 Jerichow
2007 Yella
2005 Ghosts
2003 Wolfsburg
2002 Something to Remind Me
2001 The State I Am In
1998 Die Beischlafdiebin
1996 Cuba Libre
1995 Pilotinnen


Thomas Schubert as Leon
Paula Beer as Nadja
Langston Uibel as Felix
Enno Trebs as Devid
Matthias Brandt as Helmut


Written by Christian Petzold
DoP Hans Fromm
Editing Bettina Böhler
Production Design K.D. Gruber
Costume Design Katharina Ost
Casting Simone Bär
Sound Andreas Mücke-Niesytka
Sound Design Lars Ginzel, Adrian Baumeister, Dominik Schleier, Marek Forreiter, Bettina Böhler
Make-Up Hannah Fischleder, Oliver Hildebrandt
Gaffer Christoph Dehmel
Assistant Director Ires Jung
Production Manager Dorissa Berninger
Comissioning Editors Caroline von Senden, Claudia Tronnier, Simon Ofenloch
Producers Florian Koerner von Gustorf, Michael Weber, Anton Kaiser

Technical Data

Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
Format: DCP
Sound: 5. 1
Year: 2023
Original language: German
Country(ies) of production: Germany
Production Companies: Schramm Film Koerner Weber Kaiser
Original title: Roter Himmel

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