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.