63rd TIFF: Greek Premiere

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 – next to her mother's grave. 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. Skillfully framing the vastness of the American landscape, and blending compassionate realism and cinematic poetry, the Runner is the story of two strangers encountering, changing, and ultimately leaving one another, which captures the rare and meaningful bond developed when two young people step into adulthood. A lyrical exploration of the fragility of human existence, when we get the taste of eternity.

Screening Schedule

No physical screenings scheduled.

Available at the Agora Market TIFF63.

Direction: Marian Mathias
Script: Marian Mathias
Cinematography: Jomo Fray
Editing: Marian Mathias
Sound: Dana Mroczek
Music: Para One
Actors: Hannah Schiller, Darren Houle, Jonathan Eisley, Gene Jones
Production: Killjoy
Producers: Joy Jorgensen
Co-production: Pigasus Pictures, Easy Riders
Format: DCP
Color: Color
Production Country: USA, France, Germany
Production Year: 2022
Duration: 76΄
Contact: Heretic
Awards/Distinctions: Special Jury Prize – San Sebastián IFF 2022

Marian Mathias

Marian Mathias is a director based in Brooklyn, New York. She is a 2016 MFA at NYU Tisch School of the Arts and a Graduate Departmental Fellow. Marian 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 as a part of the Cinéfondation and was made with the support of Kodak and Film Factory in Paris. Her films have premiered worldwide in countries such as Egypt, Poland, and Nepal. When her first feature Runner was still in development, it was selected for the 2018 Cannes Cinéfondation Residence, the Torino Feature Lab, and the Venice Film Festival Production Bridge Program.


2012 Two Tomatoes (short)
2016 Palisades (short)
2017 Give Up the Ghost (short)
2022 Runner