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CATCHING FIRE: THE STORY OF ANITA PALLENBERG

by Alexis Bloom & Svetlana Zill

SYNOPSIS

This intimate documentary reveals the story of an unapologetic rock ‘n’ roller, actress, muse and mother who rose to prominence in the 1960s and 1970s. Using the words of her unpublished memoir, Catching Fire draws us deep into Anita's world, with the help of a supporting cast that includes her family - Marlon, Angela, and their father Keith Richards.

Never-seen-before home movies and family photographs explore life with the Rolling Stones: this is a bittersweet tale of both triumph and heartbreak. From Barbarella to the Swiss Alps, and the Lower East Side of New York, Anita Pallenberg was a woman ahead of her time.

DETAILS

112 mins

2023

USA

English, French, German

CLIP

CREDITS

Directors: Alexis Bloom, Svetlana Zill

Producer: Charlie Corwin

Producers: Alexis Bloom, Svetlana Zill

Editors: Hannah Vanderlan, Adam Evans

Executive Producers: Marlon Richards, Sidney Kimmel, Jo Henriquez, Brian Kornreich, Fisher Stevens

Voice Of Anita: Scarlett Johansson

Produced by SK Global Entertainment

BIOGRAPHY

DIRECTOR - ALEXIS BLOOM

Born in Johannesburg, South Africa, Alexis now lives in New York. In her early career, she produced widely for the National Geographic Channel, and for BBC World. She also produced extensively for PBS Frontline and NOVA.

In 2014, Alexis won the Producers Guild of America Award for We Steal Secrets: The Story of WikiLeaks, a feature documentary for Universal Pictures, also nominated for a BAFTA Award. In 2017, she was nominated for an Emmy for Outstanding Directing for Nonfiction Programming, and an Emmy for Exceptional Merit in Documentary Filmmaking (Bright Lights: Starring Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds, for HBO.) Alexis directed, Divide and Conquer: The Story of Roger Ailes and was nominated for an Emmy Award in 2019. Alexis’ films have shown in film festivals around the world: the Cannes Film Festival, Telluride, Toronto, and the New York Film Festival to name a few.

DIRECTOR - SVETLANA ZILL

Svetlana Zill is a filmmaker born and raised in New York City. She has worked as a producer for some of the most renowned documentarians of our time including Alex Gibney, Errol Morris, and Morgan Spurlock. She began her career as an archival researcher on Michael Moore’s Capitalism: A Love Story and Mike Mills’ Beginners, and worked as a consulting producer for the Academy Award nominated Cutie and the Boxer, which also won an Emmy.

Her work explores an impressive range of subjects that include vast CIA conspiracies, eccentric sports fans, pop culture icons and fine artists, and has been presented by HBO, Showtime, Netflix, PBS and The New York Times. CATCHING FIRE is Svetlana’s directorial debut.

SELECT FESTIVALS

CANNES 2023〡BFI LONDON FILM FESTIVAL 2023〡ZURICH FILM FESTIVAL 2023〡ROME FILM FESTIVAL 2023

PRESS

"The documentary captures how Pallenberg’s willingness to push everything to the edge and over it was inextricable from her cracked glamour. “Catching Fire” is a vital portrait, but it’s the current of devastation that makes it essential."
— Variety

"The radiant and compelling Pallenberg finally gets her due as a creative force in her own right."
— Deadline

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