Eureka Entertainment have released the UK Trailer for Jan Philipp Weyl’s coming-of-age drama Running Against the Wind.
The film is described as a gritty, authentic and endearing portrait of friendship, ambition and the realities of social deprivation in contemporary society. The film was Ethiopia’s Best international Film Oscar entry in 2020, the year that Bong Joon-Ho‘s Parasite.
The film follows the story of two young men racing to make their dreams come true. One a photographer, another training to replicate his hero Haile Gebreselassie as a long distance runner. Things all change thanks to a single photograph.
In Ethiopia, two young men are racing to make their dreams come true.
Two twelve-year-old boys grow up together in a remote rural village. That is until a single photograph forever changes their lives. Solomon (Mikiyas Wolde) heads for Addis Ababa to become a photographer. Abdi (Ashenafi Nigusu) remains at home to train as a long-distance runner in the hope of emulating national sporting hero, the legendary Haile Gebreselassie. Ten years later, Abdi is nominated for the Ethiopian National running team and himself moves to the sprawling capital. He feels that Solomon may be lost to him, but an inner voice tells him to keep the flicker of hope alive and to search out his boyhood companion. In fact, Solomon is still living, but trapped in a world rife with crime, poverty and suffering. Abdi’s source of power is his running shoes, Solomon survives thanks to his wife Genet (Samrawit Desalegn), the love of his three-year-old daughter, and his abiding passion for photography.
A labour of love for German-born filmmaker Jan Philipp Weyl, Running Against The Wind is a gritty, authentic and endearing portrait of friendship, ambition and the realities of social deprivation in contemporary society. Ethiopia’s official submission to the Academy Awards, the film, which boasts impressive production values and immersive cinematography pulls no punches in its portrayal of hardship and how easy it is to be consigned to the margins once neglected by government and civil society.
The film stars Mikiyas Wolde, Ashenafi Nigusu, Samrawit Desalegn and Haile Gebreselassie. Running Against The Wind will be released first on Digital HD format on 11th June with Montage Pictures giving the film a Blu-Ray release from 9th August.