Haas is an 18-year-old girl who was raised by her father in the rural Midwest. When her father suddenly dies, she must carry out his wish to be buried in the town where he was born. There, she meets a young man named Will, a lonely, creative soul who is working to support his family back home. The two of them form a friendship that challenges both of their understandings of love and loss.

Skillfully framing the vastness of the American landscape, and blending compassionate realism and cinematic poetry, RUNNER is a heartfelt story that captures a rare and meaningful bond between two young people as they step into adulthood.

2022 –USA, France, Germany – 76 min – English – Drama

Directed by: Marian Mathias
Written by: Marian Mathias
Cinematography by: Jomo Fray
Edited by: Marian Mathias
Cast: Hannah Schiller, Darren Houle, Jonathan Eisley, Gene Jones
Producers: Joy Jorgensen
Co-producers: Nadia Turincev, Omar El Kadi, Marian Mathias

Produced by: Killjoy
Co-produced by: Easy Riders, Man Alive

  • Toronto IFF | Discovery (World Premiere)
  • San Sebastian IFF | Competition | Jury Award
  • Chicago IFF
  • Bogota IFF

“gorgeously wrought … tactile yet timeless”   

“a film of undeniable beauty”  Cineuropa  

“Mathias has a confident way of creating strong, eerie images”  Screendaily 

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