Marian Mathias

Talents USA, Germany, France 78 min Catalan premiere Fiction


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. Skilfully 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.

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Marian Mathias

She graduated with an MFA from NYU Tisch School of the Arts as a Departmental Fellow. She is a recipient of the Hollywood Foreign Press Award, the Sara Driver Production Award, and two awards in Fine Art. Her thesis film Give Up The Ghost premiered as an Official Selection at the 2017 Cannes Film Festival. Runner, her first feature, has been selected for the 2018 Cannes Cinéfondation Residence, the Torino FeatureLab, where it won the Creative Europe Media Prize, and Venice Film Festival’s Production Bridge Program. In 2022, it was also the recipient of the New York Foundation of the Arts NYC Women’s Fund.

Filmography: Runner (2022, D'A 2023), Give Up The Ghost (short film, 2017)

Marian Mathias

Film information

Director: Marian Mathias
Script: Marian Mathias
Contact: Heretic
With: Hannah Schiller, Gene Jones, Darren Houle, Jonathan Erickson Eisley
Country: USA, Germany, France
Year: 2022
Format: DCP
Length: 78 min
Language: English
Subtitles: Spanish
Edition: 2023


Special Jury Award