Janus Contemporaries Announces February 2024 Releases

Coming in February: Afire, Christian Petzold’s acclaimed latest film about a writer distracted from finishing his latest novel after encountering a mysterious young woman staying at the same holiday home by the Baltic Sea.


While vacationing by the Baltic Sea, writer Leon (Thomas Schubert) and photographer Felix (Langston Uibel) are surprised to encounter Nadja (Paula Beer), a mysterious young woman staying as a guest at the holiday home of Felix’s family. Nadja soon distracts Leon from finishing his latest novel, not only because of her passionate liaison with lifeguard Devid (Enno Trebs) but also because her brutal honesty forces Leon to confront his artistic inadequacies. As Nadja and Leon grow closer, an encroaching forest fire threatens the group and pushes the writer to discover whether he can truly care for anything beyond himself. Christian Petzold’s acclaimed latest film was the winner of the Silver Bear Grand Jury Prize at the 2023 Berlin International Film Festival.


  • Meet the Filmmaker, a new interview with director Christian Petzold
  • Trailer
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