• Der Läufer / Midnight Runner
  • Der Läufer / Midnight Runner
  • Der Läufer / Midnight Runner

Der Läufer / Midnight Runner

by Hannes Baumgartner Focus Switzerland, Germany, Austria / Competition

How does one become a murderer? After a difficult childhood, Jonas Widmer seems to have found his way in life – the private young man from Berne is considered one of the most talented long-distance runners in Switzerland. In addition to his athleticism, Jonas works as a successful chef, maintains a relationship with his adoptive mother and is planning to move in with his girlfriend Simone. If only his recurring dreams about meeting his deceased brother who took his own life two years ago would just go away… It almost seems as if Jonas is being followed by a dark shadow. Unable to verbalise his internal struggles, the sensitive young man develops a tragic double life in an attempt to overcome his despair. Director Hannes Baumgartner’s first feature film was inspired by a true Swiss crime. DER LÄUFER creates a differentiated picture of an ambivalent figure, entangled in the densely woven network of formative experiences, processes of repression and inner turmoil.


  • Genre: Drama
  • Country, Year: Switzerland, 2018
  • Runtime: 92 Min
  • Languages: Swiss German
  • Subtitles: English
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  • Director: Hannes Baumgartner
  • Cast: Max Hubacher, Annina Euling, Sylvie Rohrer, Christophe Sermet, Saladin Dellers, Luna Wedler
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  • Screenplay: Stefan Staub, Hannes Baumgartner
  • Cinematography: Gaëtan Varone
  • Editor: Christof Schertenleib
  • Sound: Jean-Pierre Gerth
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  • Producers: Stefan Eichenberger, Ivan Madeo
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  • Production Companies: Contrast Film Bern, SRF Schweizer Radio und Fernsehen
  • World Sales: Be For Films
  • Swiss Distribution: Filmcoopi Zürich AG
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