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Light of My Life

Teddy Schwarzman (Producer), Anna Pniowsky (Actress), Casey Affleck (Director, Screenwriter, Actor, Producer)

Moderation: Jenni Zylka

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A father tells his child a story. It is evening, and they are lying in a tent in the middle of the forest. What at first glance appears idyllic turns out to be an exceptional situation: in this post-pandemic world, the father is doing everything in his power to protect Rag. When the exhausted pair is taken in by three old men, danger seems to be averted, and perhaps a home and surrogate family has been identified. But this is a desperate and violent world, and the small measure of peace the parent and child find is soon lost.
As humanity teeters on the brink of collapse, it is not the survival of the species that concerns us, it is the single child. But it is the nature of children to demand change. Innocence is lost. Tragedy closes in. And nature looks on, detached.
With Light of My Life, Casey Affleck, who also plays the father, presents his second directorial work based on his own script. In this mixture of a survival drama and coming-of-age story, he unfolds a dystopian family tale. While the father finds it nearly impossible to explain the world to his child, the filmmaker resists explaining everything to his audience. However, what is important is imparted to each.

Casey Affleck

USA 2019


119’ · Colour

World premiere


Anna Pniowsky (Rag)
Casey Affleck (Dad)
Tom Bower (Tom)
Elisabeth Moss (Mom)
Hrothgar Mathews (Calvin)
Timothy Webber (Lemmy)
Monk Serrell Freed (Young Man)
Jesse Pierce (Snow House Atacker #1)
Tommy Clarke (Snow House Atacker #2)
Lloyd Cunningham (Snow House Atacker #3)


Written and Directed by
Casey Affleck
Adam Arkapaw
Dody Dorn, Christopher Tellefsen
Daniel Hart
Sound Design
Zach Seivers
Graham Timmer
Production Design
Sara K. White
Malgosia Turzanska
Monica Huppert
Avy Kaufman
Assistant Director
Liz Tan
Production Manager
Jill Christensen
Teddy Schwarzman, Casey Affleck, John Powers Middleton
Executive Producers
Michael Heimler, Ben Stillman, Whitaker Lader


Casey Affleck

Born in Falmouth, Massachusetts in 1975, he is an actor, writer, filmmaker and founder of the Sea Change Media production company. He won an Oscar, a Golden Globe and over 40 other awards for his performance in Manchester by the Sea. His first film appearance was in To Die For by Gus Van Sant with whom he also collaborated on Good Will Hunting and Gerry.


2010 I'm Still Here; documentary

Bio- & filmography as of Berlinale 2019

Produced by

Black Bear Pictures

Sea Change Media

World Sales

Sierra / Affinity