GER19 Midnight Runner

21st May, 2019 (18+)
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  • Director Monika Baumgartner
  • Cast Max Hubacher, Annina Euling
  • Duration 92 min
  • Rating 18+
  • Language Swiss German with English subtitles
  • Genre Drama


Presented in the New Directors section at San Sebastián and at Zurich Film Festivals, Hannes Baumgartner’s acclaimed debut is a methodical portrait of toxic masculinity, inspired by the true story of the “midnight murderer” who made headlines in the 1990s.
In a captivating and unnerving performance, rising Swiss star Max Hubacher (also lead in The Captain) plays Jonas Widmer, one of the leading long-distance runners in Switzerland with an ambition to compete in the Olympics. Despite a difficult childhood and the recent suicide of his brother, Jonas is leading a successful life as a text-book overachiever: Besides racing, he is an aspiring chef and soon moving together with his girlfriend. However, when Jonas loses his title during a home race, a primordial desire that has long been meticulously and painfully kept at a distance simmers to the surface. Unable to put his emotional suffering into words, Jonas develops a double life morphing from dysfunctional into dangerous.


WINNER: Best Film, Zurich Film Awards 2018

NOMINATED: New Directors Award, San Sebastián International Film Festival 2018

NOMINATED: Best Film, Best Actor, Swiss Film Prize 2019


  • "An intensity that amazes and frightens." -
  • "In his impressive and oppressive debut film Hannes Baumgartner dares an unstoppable, precise run into the abyss." - Variety

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