How do you find a way out of a relationship in which love and freedom are inversed? Marija is doing her utmost to find her life partner who has disappeared in a psychotic episode. Her desire to save the man is so unwavering that it is not swayed by anyone’s recommendation to slow down and let Vytas be. A tense chain of events that unrolls over 24 hours uncovers not the man himself but the fact that Vytas does not expect salvation, because he does not see any need for it. RUNNER captures the audience with its masterfully dramaturgical pace, keeping up with the psychological nuances of which is worth every effort in order to let the truly intense film experience finally sweep you off your feet. (Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival)

Director's Biography
ANDRIUS BLAŽEVIČIUS, born in 1985, is a Lithuanian filmmaker from Vilnius. He studied history and cultural anthropology at Vilnius University but later switched to filmmaking at the Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre. His short film TEN REASONS received the Lithuanian Film Academy Award for Best Lithuanian Short Film 2012. THE SAINT, his debut feature film, premiered at the Warsaw International Film Festival 2016.
Director's Filmography (Selection)
Bėgikė (Runner, 2021) - Šventasis (The Saint, 2016; CE'17) - Dešimt Priežasčių (Ten Reasons, 2011, short) - Bergenas (Bergen, 2009, short)
Competition Fiction 2022
Andrius Blaževičius
Lithuania / Czech Republic 2021
87 minutes
OV with English subtitles
Screenplay Marija Kavtaradze, Teklė Kavtaradze, Andrius Blaževičius
Cinematography Narvydas Naujalis
Editing Ieva Veiverytė
Sound/Sounddesign Martin Ožvold, Lukáš Moudrý, Kryštof Blabla
Music Jakub Rataj
With Žygimantė Elena Jakštaitė, Marius Repšys, Laima Akstinaitė
Producer(s) Marija Razgutė, Vratislav Šlajer, Jakub Košťál
M-Films, Bionaut
World Sales
Austrian Premiere
World Premiere
Karlovy Vary International Film Festival 2021