Film Info: Lauf um Dein Leben - Vom Junkie zum Ironman

Run for Your Life - From Junkie to Ironman (Lauf um Dein Leben - Vom Junkie zum Ironman)

Run for Your Life - From Junkie to Ironman
Scene from "Run for Your Life" (photo © enigma film/Kerstin Stelter)

Andreas and his gang of friends are troublemakers – they get stoned on grass, go on shoplifting excursions and are continually running from the cops. Soon, Andreas moves up to stronger drugs – and is forced to start dealing to support his growing habit.

He falls in love with the young Sabine, with whom he has a child, and from whom he’s able to keep his drug addiction hidden…until the day she discovers him unconscious in the bathroom with a needle sticking out of his arm…

She takes their child and leaves him. Emotionally destroyed at the loss and wrecked from his drug abuse, Andreas takes up a degenerate life in the streets. One day, in a suicidal fit, he smashes a car into a tree – but survives.

After a year of attempting to kick his drug habit, he has a life-changing experience while running. Suddenly inspired, Andreas begins running for his life – not away from it – and eventually runs all the way into the elite ranks of the world’s top athletes in the extremely difficult Triathlon discipline. He’s succeeded in making the amazing transformation from junkie to Ironman...


Adnan G. Köse grew up in Germany as the son of German-Turkish parents. Interested in all aspects of film at an early age, he is active as an actor, screenwriter, director, and producer. His films as a director include: GO TO HELL (ZUR HÖLLE MIT DIR, short, 2003), DER KLAGERUF DER SAZ (short, 2003), his feature debut RUN FOR YOUR LIFE - FROM JUNKIE TO IRONMAN (LAUF UM DEIN LEBEN - VOM JUNKIE ZUM IRONMAN, 2008), HIPHOP EXPRESS (HOMIES, 2010), LITTLE MURDERS (KLEINE MORDE, 2012), and LAST HOPE (LETZTE ZUFLUCHT, 2015).
Genre Drama
Category Feature
Year of Production 2008
Director Adnan G. Köse
Screenplay Fritjof Hohagen, Adnan G. Köse
Cinematography James Jacobs
Alexander Dittner
Philipp F. Kölmel, Patrick Buttmann
Oliver Hoese
Cast Udo Schenk, Ismail Deniz, Robert Gwisdek, Ingo Naujoks, Uwe Ochsenknecht, Axel Stein, Jasmin Schwiers, Max Riemelt
Producers Fritjof Hohagen, Clarens Grollmann
Production Company enigma film/Munich, in co-production with Odeon Pictures/Geiselgasteig, Lunaris Film- & Fernsehproduktion/Munich, Neue Schönhauser Filmproduktion/Berlin
Length 102 min
Format 35 mm, color
Original Version
 German
Subtitled Version English
With backing from German Federal Film Board, FilmFernsehFonds Bayern, Film- und Medienstiftung NRW, German Federal Film Fund (DFFF)
German Distributor STUDIOCANAL/Berlin

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