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UK, 2008 (MIFF 2008, International Panorama)

Director: Steve McQueen


The body is the last resource for protest.

In 1981 Bobby Sands, an Irish Republican, starved himself to death as a protest against the British government. He died painfully and - in the eyes of the IRA - as a martyr. Hunger unrelentingly depicts the last months of his life in Belfast's Maze prison, where the motives and moralities of Bobby and the other prisoners are not only a representation of the troubles of the time, they are the heart of it.

Hunger is the first feature film from visual artist Steve McQueen, who shows his hand here as a new force in cinema.

“It's not about right or wrong, bad or good, or the devil and heaven. If you can answer it, then you must be God - I am not.” - filmmaker Steve McQueen.

Winner of the Camera d'Or prize at this year's Cannes Film Festival

D Steve McQueen P Laura Hastings-Smith, Robin Gutch S Enda Walsh, Steve McQueen Dist Icon TD 35mm/2008/96mins

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