Carolina Hellsgård     HUNGER
  Biography   Short Fiction, HDV/35mm, 17', Germany, 2009
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Funded by BKM and Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg
Distributed by:
International Short Film Festival Oberhausen -->
and on these two compilations and the Journal of Shortfilm


The neglected siblings Roland and Paul watch the deportation of
their immigrant neighbours. After that the police has left,
they decide to enter the abandoned apartment. Inside they discover
another world; exotic food, music, clothes and make-up, belonging
to the deported family. For a moment they have the chance to
immerse themselves in a world of games and play - however
when their father discovers them, they are quickly brought back to reality.

Director’s statement

I wanted to make a film about two children who grow close due to dysfunctional
family relations. Through the use of sparse dialogue and minimal mimic, the
precarious situation in which the children live slowly unfolds. Ultimately HUNGER
depicts the story about two young siblings who are confronted with a tragic situation
that they cannot fully comprehend and instead see as a moment of play.




Festival Internacional de cine Cinema Jove, Spain

Jury motivation: 'Hunger', de la sueca Carolina Hellsgard,
ha sido merecedor del Premio Especial del Jurado porque
"brinda una visión delicada, sutil y compleja de la intimidad
entre dos hermanos como la única forma de escapar
de la violencia que les rodea".

BEST FILM at Festival Internacional de Curtas de Belo Horizonte 2010

FIRST PRIZE at Konstanzer Kurzfilmspiele 2010
Interview in Südkurier -->

Jury motivation: Der Film setze sich in seiner Erzählart am eindrucksvollsten
von allen anderen Filmen im Wettbewerb ab. Die einfühlsame Kamera
bleibt immer nah an den kleinen Schauspielern dran und bringt den
Zuschauer in ein Wechselspiel zw. Nähe und Distanz.
Die sehr gelungene Schauspielführung hat uns besonders überzeugt.

Rio de Janeiro ISFF – Curta Cinema 2009

Nominated for Schnitt's shortfilm editing award 2009

Kölner Filmmagazin Schnitt

Festivals & Screenings 2009-13

International Film Festival of CineMigrante in Santiago de Chile
Centro Cultural de la Moneda, Cineteca Nacional, Centro Cultural Matucana 100
and at Museo de Memoria y los Derechos Humanos
31st July – 7th August

"Inside the Moment" New Short Films @ Crane Arts, Philadelphia, USA
October - November 2012

The Laughlin International Film Festival, Nevada, 11-14 October, 2012

secondhome projects Berlin - Wedding, September 2012

The Standard Print, May 2012

Mindpirates, Berlin, October 2011

Cinemigrante, 14-21 September, 2011

LOCALIZE Das Heimatfestival, 22-26 June, 2011

Kikimikeoderduke Dresden, 9-11 June, 2011

Kuala Lumpur International Film Festival, 12-16th January

Corto Tokyo, 18-20 December

Belo Horizonte International Short Film Festival, Brazil, November 30th - December 7th

Les Laboratoires d'Aubervilliers, Paris

Zagreb Film Festival, Croatia, 17-23 October

Konstanzer Kurzfilmspiele, 30-31 October

Festival Internacional de cine Cinema Jove, Spain, 19 - 26 June

Alpinale Short film festival, Austria, 10 - 14 August

Manchester European Short Film Festival, UK, 28th April -2nd May 2010

Ambulart 2010, Guadalajara/Mexico, 26th May – 2nd June

MIT European Short Film Festival, USA, April 9–11

Psarokokalo International Short Film Festival of Athens, 1-7 February 2010

Stuttgarter Filmwinter, Germany 21 – 24th January, 2010

Volksbühne Filmbühne im Prater, Berlin 21 January, 2010

Glasgow Film Festival, UK 18-28 February, 2010

Braunschweig International Film Festival, Germany, 10-15th November, 2009

Cinemagic International Film Festival, Northern Ireland, 18th November - 4th December, 2009

Festival Courts Devant, Paris, 5-8th November 2009

Rio de Janeiro International Short Film Festival – Curta Cinema 2009, October 29th - November 8th, 2009

Leeds International Film Festival, UK, 10-15th October, 2009

Molodist Kyiv International Film Festival, Ukraine, 24-30th October, 2009
AG Kurzfilm & German Films "GerMany Shorts Night"

Shnit Shortfilm Festival, Switzerland, 7-11 October, 2009
Nominated for the "German Award 2009"

Asian Premiere:
Thai Short Film and Video Festival, Thailand, 22nd August, 2009

Goethe Institute Montevideo, Uruguay, 20th of August, 2009

Filmfest Weiterstadt, Germany, 13-17 August, 2009

European Premiere:
Internationale Kurzfilmtage Oberhausen, Germany, 2nd of May, 2009

International Premiere:
Huesca Film Festival, Spain, 4-13th of June, 2009


Dennis Seiler (Lead)
Robin Längert (Lead)
Rafael Hilpert
Detlef Kirchhoff
Harald Grundschock
Arite Plewka
Waldemar Tyminski
Atze Rüler
Renate Serwotke

Writer/Director/Editor: Carolina Hellsgård
DoP: Manuel Kinzer
Producer: Florian Gerstenberg/filmgestalten GbR
Sound: Robert Fuhrmann
Camera-assistent: Luciano Cervio, Nils Linschiedt, Hendrik Reichelt
Light: Camilo Sottolichio, Tobias von dem Borne
Gaffer: Jesco Puluj, Robert Buntzel
Art-Design & Costume: Nadin Meister, Teresa Campillo
Make-up: Franziska Behler
Script & Continuity: Frances Fuhr
Set-Assistance: Kiron Kreuter, Elke Brugger
Still photography: Carolin Saage
Catering: Sylvia Adams
Animal trainer: Gerlinde Regel