Ajyal Film Festival 2024

All Films

The Runaway (La Fugue)

Bader - ages 18+

Jean-Bernard Marlin / Short Narrative / France / 2013 / 23 min / Colour / DCP
In French / Arabic, English subtitles
MENA Premiere


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 Directors

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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