Archive of films Run If You Can / Renn, wenn du kannst

2010, 116 min

Section: People Next Door
Year: 2016

Any friendship between a woman and two men almost always smacks of rivalry. But can the duel for the lady’s favor be a fair one when Ben is bound to a wheelchair and Christian is his new assistant? A mild tragicomedy from familiar Karlovy Vary guest Dietrich Brüggemann on the essence of true friendship and love.


How many days has Ben spent watching Annika from the balcony of his prefab apartment? Bitter and angry at the world, he drifts in resignation through days enlivened only by humiliating the assistants the community service agency began sending him after he ended up in a wheelchair. But when the carefree Christian becomes his latest right hand, their newfound adventures cast Ben’s life in a rosier hue. But what if their ensuing mutual attachment to Annika becomes a test of the friendship they have gained? In his second feature motion picture, Dietrich Brüggemann calls on the (admittedly) well-used love triangle shtick, but he does so with finesse and a punk-like chutzpah that updates the familiar model. The story’s brisk pace alternates dynamic action with poetic moments, the mood of the film fluidly shifting from humorous to thoughtful while the hesitant protagonists attempt to figure out what they really want. But first they have to find their place and be there for each other.

Sandra Hezinová

About the director

Dietrich Brüggemann (b. 1976, Munich) grew up in Germany and South Africa. He studied at the Film University Babelsberg (2000-2006) where he began making shorts (Warum läuft Herr V. Amok?, 2003; Die Schwestern von Schloß Rosensteig, 2004) as well as features (Neun Szenen, 2006; 3 Zimmer/Küche/Bad, 2012). Since 1997 he has also taken an interest in photography, music, and writing, and has been engaged making music videos and accompanying silent movies on the piano. Stations of the Cross (Kreuzweg, 2014), for which he and his sister Anna Brüggemann received a Silver Bear for Best Script at the Berlinale, was greeted with accolades at KVIFF 49. A year later Heil was selected for the main competition at Karlovy Vary.


Wüste Film GmbH
Schulterblatt 58, D-20357, Hamburg
Tel: +49 404 317 060
E-mail: [email protected]

About the film

Color, 35 mm

Section: People Next Door
Director: Dietrich Brüggemann
Screenplay: Anna Brüggemann, Dietrich Brüggemann
Dir. of Photography: Alexander Sass
Music: Dietrich Brüggemann
Editor: Vincent Assmann
Art Director: Christiane Krumwiede
Producer: Michael André, Dominik Brückner, Stefanie Groß, Barbara Häbe, Stefan Schubert, Ralph Schwingel
Production: Südwestrundfunk, Westdeutscher Rundfunk, Wüste Film Ost, Wüste Film West, arte Geie
Cast: Robert Gwisdek, Jacob Matschenz, Anna Brüggemann
Contact: Wüste Film GmbH


Dietrich Brüggemann

Film Director


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