Hunger

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Released 2008

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Director:
Steve McQueen
Released:
2008
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Hunger is a 2008 dramatic film directed by the famous Turner Prize winning visual artist Steve McQueen. It chronicles the last six weeks of the life of Bobby Sands, an Irish Republican Volunteer and poet. Sands was an incarcerated IRA prisoner in Britain in 1981 and he staged a hunger strike while imprisoned in the infamous Long Kesh Maze Prison. He is played by Michael Fassbender in the film. The strike lasted six weeks and was an attempt by the IRA strikers to gain recognition as political prisoners and to get improvements to the prison's conditions. 'Hunger' is unofficially separated into three parts. The first section deals with the initial incarcerations and the prisoners 'no wash' protests. The second section is the highlight. It is a single unmoving shot showing a conversation between Sands and a priest visiting the prison. In their discussion sands explains his moral reasons for the hunger stike. The third part deals with the hunger strike itself. The film itself proved controversial when it was shown at Cannes, causing both shocked walkouts in the audience as well as rousing ovations. The film won the Camera D'or award. It is currently available in a special edition DVD release from the Criterion Collection.moreless

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  • 70

    The New York Times A.O. Scott

    The brutality in the film is pervasive and often stomach turningly graphic, but what is perhaps most unnerving is the tact, patience and care with which Mr. McQueen depicts its cau...

  • 70

    Variety

    Picture represents a powerful, pertinent but not entirely perfect debut for British visual-artist-turned-feature-helmer Steve McQueen, who demonstrates a painterly touch with compo...

  • 60

    Los Angeles Times

    The first-time director's unflinching camera, deliberate pacing and maddeningly long takes just amplify the story's innate harshness and test audience endurance levels.

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