The Outrun

After an absence of more than ten years, Rona returns to her home on the remote Orkney Islands in Scotland. As she rediscovers the unique, wild landscape in which she grew up, her childhood memories mingle with those from her more recent times as an addict. Her departure for the city and subsequent dissolute years in London resulted in a painful fall. But little by little, her encounter with the enchanted, wind-battered coasts of the islands becomes a chance for a new life.
Nora Fingscheidt’s adaptation of Amy Liptot’s autobiographical bestseller uses harrowing flashbacks to depict Rona’s downward spiral in London and her time in a strict rehab programme. However, the focus of the film is on her liberation from personal demons through a connection with the nature of her childhood home.
by Nora Fingscheidt
with Saoirse Ronan, Paapa Essiedu, Stephen Dillane, Saskia Reeves, Nabil Elouahabi, Izuka Hoyle, Lauren Lyle
United Kingdom / Germany 2024 English 117’ Colour European premiere


  • Saoirse Ronan (Rona)
  • Paapa Essiedu (Daynin)
  • Stephen Dillane (Andrew)
  • Saskia Reeves (Annie)
  • Nabil Elouahabi (Samir)
  • Izuka Hoyle (Gloria)
  • Lauren Lyle (Julie)


Director Nora Fingscheidt
Screenplay Nora Fingscheidt, Amy Liptrot
Cinematography Yunus Roy Imer
Editing Stephan Bechinger
Music John Gürtler, Jan Miserre
Production Design Andy Drummond
Costumes Grace Snell
Make-Up Kat Morgan
Casting Caroline Stewart, Kahleen Crawford
Producers Sarah Brocklehurst, Dominic Norris, Jack Lowden, Saoirse Ronan
Executive Producers Claudia Yusef, Kieran Hannigan, Maria Logan, Anne Sheehan, Luane Gauer, George Hamilton, James Pugh, Janina Vilsmaier
Co-Producers Jonas Weydemann, Jakob D. Weydemann, Shirin Hartmann
Co-Production Weydemann Bros. Berlin

Nora Fingscheidt

Born in Braunschweig, Germany in 1983, she spent her school years in Germany and Argentina. She was involved in setting up the self-organised film school, filmArche, in Berlin while also training as an acting coach. From 2008 to 2017, she studied fiction directing at the Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg. Her graduation film, the documentary Ohne diese Welt, won awards including the 2017 Max Ophüls Prize. Her debut feature System Crasher participated in the Berlinale Competition in 2019 and won the Alfred Bauer Award. The film was a national box-office success and received eight German Film Awards and several international prizes. In 2020, she made her first English-language feature, The Unforgivable, with Sandra Bullock in the main role.


2010 Synkope; short film 2011 Zwischen den Zeilen; short film 2013 Brüderlein; medium-length film 2014 Boulevard’s End; short documentary 2016 Die Lizenz; short film 2017 Ohne diese Welt; documentary 2019 Systemsprenger (System Crasher) 2021 The Unforgivable 2024 The Outrun

Bio- & filmography as of Berlinale 2024