About the film
Release Date: May 30, 2019
Director: Hannes Baumgartner
Actors: Annina Euling, Christophe Sermet, Max Hubacher, Saladin Dellers, Sylvie RohrerAustralian premiere
Presented in the New Directors section at San Sebastián and at Zurich Film Festivals, Hannes Baumgartner’s acclaimed debut is a methodical portrait of toxic masculinity, inspired by the true story of the "midnight murderer" who made headlines in the 1990s.
In a captivating and unnerving performance, rising Swiss star Max Hubacher (also lead in The Captain) plays Jonas Widmer, one of the leading long-distance runners in Switzerland with an ambition to compete in the Olympics. Despite a difficult childhood and the recent suicide of his brother, Jonas is leading a successful life as a text-book overachiever: Besides racing, he is an aspiring chef and soon moving together with his girlfriend. However, when Jonas loses his title during a home race, a primordial desire that has long been meticulously and painfully kept at a distance simmers to the surface. Unable to put his emotional suffering into words, Jonas develops a double life morphing from dysfunctional into dangerous.
"An intensity that amazes and frightens." - sennhausersfilmblog.ch
"In his impressive and oppressive debut film Hannes Baumgartner dares an unstoppable, precise run into the abyss."
WINNER: Best Film, Zurich Film Awards 2018
NOMINATED: New Directors Award, San Sebastián International Film Festival 2018
NOMINATED: Best Film, Best Actor, Swiss Film Prize 2019
Swiss German with English subtitles