RUNNER (2021)
Andrius Blaževičius
Drama Thriller 87'
Lithuania / Czech Republic
Lithuanian (ENG Subs)
Awards Best Baltic Film - Tallinn Black Nights FF 2021, Best Feature - Riga FF 2021
Festivals Crossing Europe FF 2022, Mamers En Mars FF 2022, Lecce European FF 2021, Tallinn Black Nights FF 2021, Riga FF 2021, Cineast FF 2021, WP Karlovy Vary FF 2021

After her boyfriend has a psychotic episode and disappears, Maria is decided to let nothing stop her from helping him. Grabbing at every clue about his whereabouts she embarks on a fast-paced odyssey through the city.
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 European Film Promotion's Shooting Stars program at this year's Berlinale.
- Lenka Tyrpáková, Karlovy Vary Film Festival

"A Punchy, Panic-Attack Drama About a Different Kind of Love on the Run"
- Jessica Kiang, Karlovy Vary Review (Variety)

"A kinetic, pummeling experience"
- Neil Young, Karlovy Vary Review (Screen)

"A breathless examination of the limits of love, freedom and sacrifice"
- Laurence Boyce, Karlovy Vary Review (Cineuropa)

"Jakstaite's breakthrough performance as Marija is certainly the stuff of awards, harking back to the spectacular emergence of Jennifer Lawrence." - Neil Young, Film Critic

Director: Andrius Blaževičius, Scriptwriters: Marija Kavtaradzė, Teklė Kavtaradzė, Andrius Blaževičius, Cinematographer: Narvydas Naujalis, Production designer: Aurimas Akšys, Sound designers: Martin Ožvold, Lukáš Moudrý, Kryštof Blabla, Producer: Marija Razgutė (M-Films),Co-producers: Vratislav Šlajer, Jakub Košťál (Bionaut)