Today on SRF 2: “The runner” – run into the abyss, inspired by the true case, Mischa Ebner: A Swiss Film aims to show how a perpetrator of violence is. A conversation with the creators.Regula Fuchs0 comment trained, as if it were his life: Jonas (Max Hubacher).Photo: PD

Because SRF 2 the feature film “The runner” at 10. June shows at 20.10 as a television premiere, on we this article by 2018, once again:

to remind You to think in a peculiar mood in Bern days in the year 2002, in those of August. The police were looking for a serial offender who attacked several young women are brutally, one had violated of them fatal. Parents advised their daughters to be alone at night on the road. Three weeks after the murder the offender was taken: Mischa Ebner, cooking, and the successful gun-runners. In November 2002, he hanged himself in his cell in the regional prison in Thun.

Also, Stefan oak Bergers sister was not allowed to be in this time, to Bern in the output. Today he is a film producer, and in the case of Mischa Ebner has occupied him during the last five years. Now The runner is weird, produced by Eichenberger and staged by Director Hannes Baumgartner. The two sit on a large terrace in the Bernese sand rain, from the top of the traffic noises on the monbijou bridge. Eichenberger remembers how amazed he was that the offender was a sportsman, as he himself, at the time, is also an ambitious runner. “I found out later that he had participated in some races, where I went also am.”

in the presence

to tell With all the personal affectedness: how did the decision Ebner’s history came in a game film, the reality based, but fictitious shifted? This has to do, as a producer and Director tell you that there are victims and family members who you wanted to protect. Out of consideration for you, you’ve changed in the movie all of the names, the Events in the presence of shifts and in all the advertisement omitted to mention the name of the real offender.

this is now up to those reports about the movie, is not entirely free of contradiction. The creators felt but, first and foremost, the Concerned and morally obliged. “Where a contact was possible, we informed you early on in our project,” says Hannes Baumgartner. With Ebner’s foster-mother, the Team was in the conversation. You put the project out of the way. “It was important, however, that it would be a fictional Film,” says Eichenberger.

“Depending on the viewing angle, different readings are possible.”

Hannes Baumgartner, Director,

For the fiction of language is also a content aspect to it: because, namely, any approach to the case was an Interpretation that explains Baumgartner. Depending on the viewing angle, different interpretations are possible. He had directed the focus on the Psyche of the offender and to the question of how violence is created. The runners can take “” something is actually a Paradox: The Film tries to explain a behavior that does not completely explain – and this impossibility is fully aware of.

the Research has taken Hannes Baumgartner a lot of time. He says the key to success was the contact at the psychiatric expert, whose insight into the inner world of the offender have helped him very much. “He describes a complex, hard to disentanglement Interplay of various factors.”

Understand, but not understanding Wake

a similar conclusion is also the Director in his Film: He wants to understand, but not understanding. To understand what to do, but at the same time reflective distance enable. Violence show, but she’s not the main thing and let. All of this sounds like quite a balancing act – and even if the Film handles him in the end, “The runner” is also for the audience to be a challenge.

Finally, the creators did not have to deal with last so that your addressees have certain habits when it comes to killers on the canvas. These are broken, however, very consistently.

Jonas Widmer (Max Hubacher), as the main character in the Film is called, appears as an inconspicuous young man, reliable, on-the-job, successfully in sports, embedded in a functioning relationship. As he begins to snatch at night, women handbags, it seems, first of all, as he don’t trust in myself on the way.

And yet something lets take a closer look: How this young man looks away when a woman looks at in the Bus, as he observed his work colleague furtively, or as he, following the course of training, breath supports wrestling, the hands on the thighs, and the world holds his head like a buffer: these are signs of a badly scarred wounds of a difficult Childhood, which is implied in a text panel at the beginning of the film. Jonas and his brother Philip had been neglected by the natural parents in such a way that Jonas will not run with four right Philip, with six hardly have been able to speak.

Baumgartner shows in impressionistic flashbacks, how closely the relationship of the brothers was, obsessively almost. To Philipp (Saladin Deller’s), the Older, the catch up late in the morning child the consequences of injuries: He has taken – a year before the film uses action – life. Don’t want to talk to Jonas about the loss, not that of the dead brother shows up in his Dreams as a revenant. And every Time the submerged Trauma spills back to the surface.

Not a trivial psychology

The Berner Max Hubacher plays Jonas as a Hardened, almost Voiceless, and his face often has this Tough, this Sinewy, like a long-distance runner. Hubacher (“der verdingbub”, “Mario”) completed for the Film, an intense running workout, even on the smoke he has refused.

the 24-Year-old works think out worthy of the restless, Harried his character, who know no other way than in front of the own feelings run away – what would work in another movie, perhaps as trivial psychology but by the reality is notarized. As a leitmotif of Jonah’s Breathing runs through the Film changes in trained rhythm of the runner, sometimes as a desperate gasp for Air.

It makes all the pressures that act on Jonas, and it is at that Moment unbearable, almost at the same time his girlfriend is at a distance and his work colleague has a approach back. When Jonas finally, at night, somewhere gets in a deserted train station, an Unknown responsive, and a further collection, there is enough of a reason to be brutal.

Still, rushed, brutal: Jonas on-the-go in the night-black of Bern. Image: zvg

Quite accurately Hannes Baumgartner outlined here, therefore, a state of Isolation, displacement and increasing Gekränktheit, which turns at a Time in Aggression.

The audience gets the first hand: It is a Film to bite Through. “The runner” is a hardly an opportunity to Breathe a sigh of relief, you close to Jonas constantly, moving with him through a night black Bern, through the woods in camouflage. Music there is none, it is spoken little. This is nothing more than consistently, because here the Thrill is avoided, the stylization aware of. It is a consequence that serves a higher-level goal is to point out that Baumgartner and Eichenberger in the interview: they wanted To trigger a discussion about how violence comes to be; the Film could provide an entry opportunity.

Great expectations to the cinema

“The runner” is, in the case of all didactic requirements, as well as Film. Although he has in his renunciation of almost everything, in terms of sophistication and brilliance possible, something almost Monkish. To be up to those longer sequence at the end, in the case of Baumgartner in his pictures, for once, allowed, symbolically. Jonas runs away – again – not as a trained runner, but as a stumbling, Desperate. The camera follows him, films him in profile, his head is going up and down, up and down, up and down. The image is blurred, and it is as if he had two faces. Or none of them.

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