Skip to main content

RUN LOLA RUN

Germany, 1998 (MIFF 1999, International Panorama)

Director: Tom Tykwer

Tom Tykwer's debut, Deadly Maria (MIFF 1995), was an original and arresting film about the possibilities of what would happen if looks really could kill. His follow-up, Winter Sleepers (1997), was an eerie tale of passion, love and death. With Run Lola Run the youthful German director integrates all his prior storytelling expertise with a fabulous narrative technique and ample style to create an adrenaline-fuelled heart-stopper.

Tykwer's premise is simple: Lola and Manni, a couple in their early twenties are deeply in love. Unfortunately for Manni his job entails being a bag man for one very shady boss. When he loses a small fortune of his employer's money, Lola has 20 minutes to act in order to come up with the cash and save Manni's life. What ensues is a breakneck sprint through a ceaseless battery of twists, turns and possibilities. The structure of the film challenges audiences to consider the tiny decisions that affect the entire course of one's life. Winner of the Best Director Award at Sundance and a nominee for the Golden Lion at Venice Film Festival.

See also...

THREE

"Good-looking, inventively plotted, littered with post-modern themes, perfectly cast and in tune with the times." - Screen International ... From his fast and furious debut, Run Lola Run, to the ... More »

Epilogue

The end of an affair A whodunnit about a man, a room and a loaded gun. ... More »

DEADLY MARIA

Director Tom Tykwer's debut feature is a fresh shot in the arm for recent indepen­dent German filmmaking. A macabre mix of the hyperreal laced with a dose of black humour, Deadly Maria is a ... More »

DEADLY MARIA

Director Tom Tykwer's debut feature is a fresh shot in the arm for recent independent German filmmaking. A macabre mix of the hyperreal laced with a dose of black humour, Deadly Maria is a ... More »

BARBARA

Winner of Best Director at the Berlin Film Festival. ... In the paranoiac nightmare of East Germany, 1980, Barbara - a physician from Berlin - has been sent to a small country town as punishment for ... More »

L'AMOUR L'ARGENT L'AMOUR

If love can conquer the wintry cold, hunger, poverty and even violence, then you're really swimming in the thick realms of commitment and obsession. When David (Florian Setter) loses his job as a ... More »

Select a festival
Search The Film Archive
Browse By Director