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The Runaway (La Fugue)

Bader - ages 18+ - Ajyal Youth Film Festival 2014

Jean-Bernard Marlin / Short Narrative / France / 2013 / 23 min / Colour / DCP / In French / Arabic, English subtitles / MENA Premiere
Rated: Parental guidance advised for viewers under the age of 15. Individuals under the age of 15 are not admitted into cinemas unless accompanied by an individual aged 18 or over.


Sabrina, a troubled teenager, is to appear in court today. The charges against her are serious, but her lawyer and her probation officer are confident she is on the right track. However, Sabrina is a loose cannon so things don’t go quite as expected. ‘The Runaway’ effectively relies on the tradition of gritty cinéma-vérité until it arrives at its moving resolution, accompanied by a youth choir singing ‘Penitential Hymn’ to underscore Sabrina’s ultimate decision.

About the Director

Jean-Bernard Marlin was born in 1979. After graduating from the École Louis Lumière and La Fémis Screenplay Workshop, he wrote and directed the short film ‘La Peau dure’ (2007), which was selected for several international film festivals. ‘The Runaway’ won a Golden Bear at the Berlin International Film Festival and was nominated for a César. Marlin is currently writing his first feature film.


Jean-Bernard Marlin
Jean-Bernard Marlin
Valentine de Blignières
Nicolas Desmaison
Julien Poupard
Sales Company
Adastra Films
Production Company
Les Films de la Croisade
Adel Bencherif, Médina Yalaoui

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