MIDNIGHTRUNNER / DER LÄUFER
by Hannes Baumgartner SWITZERLAND / 2019 / 92´
«Ein mutiger Film mit einem grandiosen Max Hubacher.» outnow.ch
«Einer der meisterwarteten Schweizer Filme des Jahres!» Zurich Film Festival
Cinematographer Gaëtan Varone Editor Christof Schertenleib Art direction Demian Wohler Originalsound Jean-Pierre Gerth Sounddesign Maurizius Staerkle Drux, Oscar van Hoogevest, Thomas Stahel, Gina Keller, Manu Gerber Mix Matthias Schwab Producer Stefan Eichenberger, Ivan Madeo Company Contrast Film Bern GmbH
Das wahre Drama eines bekannten Spitzensportlers, der sich zu einem Serientäter entwickelt: Der Schweizer Marathon- und Waffenläufer Jonas Widmer sucht nach einem Weg, seine tragische Vergangenheit zu überwinden und verstrickt sich dabei immer tiefer in ein unheilvolles Doppelleben.
Jonas Widmer is one of the leading long-distance runners in Switzerland and his great ambition is to run the marathon in the Olympics. Despite his difficult childhood he appears to have found his way: besides running, he works as a chef, is always ready and willing to support his friends and acquaintances, and he and his girlfriend Simone are soon moving into their first flat together. But then Jonas unsuccessfully defends his title during his home race and memories of his deceased brother Philip are finally catching up with him. Unable to put his emotional suffering into words, Jonas develops a tragic double life in his growing desperation.
Zurich-based director Hannes Baumgartner found inspiration for his first feature film in a real crime case. MIDNIGHT RUNNER creates a nuanced image of an ambivalent character who becomes tangled in a tightly woven net of formative experiences, suppression processes, and inner turmoil.