Short Fiction, HDV/35mm, 17', Germany, 2009

  • Hunger


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.



Cast: 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

Produced by filmgestalten
Funded by BKM and Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg
Distributed by International Short Film Festival Oberhausen
and on these two compilations and the Journal of Shortfilm


Director's note

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.



JURY SPECIAL PRIZE 2010 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.
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