Archive of films Runner / Bėgikė

Lithuania / Czech Republic
2021, 87 min

Section: East of the West Competition
Year: 2021

When Marija learns that her boyfriend, who has had another of his psychotic episodes, has disappeared from their home, she runs into the streets of the city in order to find him and hopefully prevent a tragedy. Andrius Blaževičius’s dynamic drama, set over the course of 24 hours, explores the subjects of love and freedom. Marija is played with vital energy by the actress Žygimantė Elena Jakštaitė, who was chosen for the prestigious Shooting Stars program at this year’s Berlinale.


Synopsis

When Marija learns that her boyfriend, who has had another of his psychotic episodes, has disappeared from their home, she runs into the streets of the city in order to find him and hopefully prevent a tragedy. In his second film, Lithuanian director Andrius Blaževičius explores the subjects of love and freedom since, as he puts it, “I’m interested in a person’s free will and choice to sacrifice their freedom for something extremely important to them.” Blaževičius has created an immensely dynamic drama, set over the course of 24 hours, in which formal elements such as a shaky camera and an unsettling soundtrack significantly add to the main protagonist’s emotional state. Marija is played with vital energy by Žygimantė Elena Jakštaitė, who was chosen for the prestigious Shooting Stars program at this year’s Berlinale.

Lenka Tyrpáková

About the director

Andrius Blaževičius (1985, Vilnius). Selected filmography: Ten Reasons (Dešimt priežasčių, 2011, short), The Saint (Šventasis, 2016), Runner (Bėgikė, 2021).

Contacts

Alief.
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United Kingdom
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E-mail: [email protected]

Publicity contact

Marijana Harder
Tel: +491 777 942 871
E-mail: [email protected]

Press kit



About the film

Color, DCP
World premiere

Section: East of the West Competition
   
Director: Andrius Blaževičius
Screenplay: Marija Kavtaradzė, Teklė Kavtaradzė, Andrius Blaževičius
Dir. of Photography: Narvydas Naujalis
Music: Jakub Rataj
Editor: Ieva Veiverytė
Art Director: Aurimas Akšys
Producer: Marija Razgutė
Production: M-Films
Coproduction: Bionaut
Cast: Žygimantė Elena Jakštaitė, Marius Repšys, Laima Akstinaitė
Sales: Alief.
Contact: Marijana Harder

Guests

Andrius Blaževičius

Film Director

Zygimante Elena Jakstaite

Actress


Marija Razgutė

Producer

Brigita Beniušytė

Producer


Narvydas Naujalis

Director of Photography

Marija Kavtaradze

Screenwriter


Tekle Kavtaradze

Screenwriter

Marijana Harder

Publicist


YouTube

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