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HUNGER

Denmark, 1966 (MIFF 1968, Programme 4)

Director: Henning Carlsen

Based on the novel by Nobel prize­winner, Knut Hamsen, Hunger is about a penniless young writer in turn-of-the-century Oslo. The film is constructed with disruptive move­ments from reality to myth. The writer wanders around the city during an autumn day, unable to sell any of his writings, and reduced to a state of abject suffering and near-madness induced by starvation. In this profound state of misery, he somehow retains his sense of humour and a smattering of self-righteous dignity. He encounters several individuals, but every contact with humanity emphasizes the writer's solitude and his gradual acceptance of life as a dream-voyage.

Per Oscarsson's portrait of despair and hallucinatory exaltation goes beyond the boundaries of a semblance of actuality. It is one of the great film performances of our time.

Best Actor Award, Cannes Festival.

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Souvenirs From Sweden

Sweden, 1960
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Old People

Denmark, 1961
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DID SOMEBODY LAUGH?

Denmark, 1978
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YOUR MONEY OR YOUR LIFE

Denmark, 1982
The film is as ambiguous as its title, and in giving no definite ending, it leaves plenty to contemplate. Claus Worm, an architect, finds himself in a desperate and embarrassing position, concerning … More »

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