The fateful double life of a famous top athlete – based on a true story.
In Swiss theaters October 4th
Jonas Widmer is one of the leading long-distance runners in Switzerland and his great ambition is to run the marathon in the Olympics. Despite his difficult childhood he appears to have found his way: besides running, he works as a chef, is always ready and willing to support his friends and acquaintances, and he and his girlfriend Simone are soon moving into their first flat together. But then Jonas unsuccessfully defends his title during his home race and memories of his deceased brother Philip are finally catching up with him. Unable to put his emotional suffering into words, Jonas develops a tragic double life in his growing desperation.
Zurich-based director Hannes Baumgartner found inspiration for his first feature film in a real crime case. MIDNIGHT RUNNER creates a nuanced image of an ambivalent character who becomes tangled in a tightly woven net of formative experiences, suppression processes, and inner turmoil.