Unable to shake her dreams of competing in the Olympic Games, 20-something runner Kristin sacrifices everything—including precious time with her husband and their young son—to pursue her passion. This minimalist drama follows Kristin as she embarks on a strict daily routine of intense exercise, ice baths, training sessions, and low-calorie meals and moonlights at a snow-cone stand to make ends meet. It’s all in the service of the ultimate goal: a spot on the training team of a world-renowned Olympic coach—and a chance out of this dead-end town.
Reveling in subtle silences and long takes, directors Robert Machoian and Rodrigo Ojeda-Beck craft a patient and well-observed portrait of the daily grind of an all-consuming passion. The resulting film, When She Runs, is a compact, quietly powerful work.
Robert Machoian and Rodrigo Ojeda-Beck’s films have premiered at the Sundance, SXSW, and Locarno film festivals, among others. They were included in Filmmaker Magazine’s “25 New Faces of Independent Film” in 2010. In 2016, their feature, God Bless the Child, won the Copenhagen International Documentary Festival and was nominated for the Cinema Eye Honors and Film Independent Spirit Awards’ Kiehl’s Someone to Watch prize.
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