Roter Himmel

Christian Petzold
2023 103 Deutschland


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.


  • Thomas Schubert
  • Paula Beer
  • Langston Uibel
  • Enno Trebs
  • Matthias Brandt


  • Christian Petzold


  • Hans Fromm


  • Andreas Mücke-Niesytka


  • Schramm Film Koerner & Weber
  • ZDF / ARTE

Christian Petzold

Christian Petzold
Christian Petzold

Christian Petzold is a German film director born on 14 September 1960 in Hilden.

After graduating from the German Film and Television Academy, he directed his graduation film Pilots (1994) and two crime thrillers Cuba Libre (1996) and The Sex Thief (1998).

In 2000 he released his first feature film, The State I Am In, for which he also wrote the screenplay. A representative of the “nouvelle vague” of German cinema, his films are regularly in competition at the Berlinale, and he was rewarded for Barbara (2012), Undine (2020) and again this year for Afire (2023).


  • Roter Himmel 2023
  • Undine 2020
  • Polizeiruf (TV series) 2015
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