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409 Ratings



Directed by Henning Carlsen
Denmark, Norway, 1966
  • Danish
  • English


In 1890, Pontus, a starving writer, wanders the streets of Christiania in search of love and a chance to get his work published. Based on an acclaimed novel by Nobel Laureate Knut Hamsun.

Our take

A triumph of Scandinavian cinema that was canonized in its native Denmark, Hunger is one of the country’s biggest international successes since Carl Dreyer. Stark, implosive, and beautifully shot, this character study of a starved writer won Per Oscarsson the Best Actor prize at Cannes in 1966.

Hunger Directed by Henning Carlsen

Awards & Festivals

Cannes Film Festival

1966 | Winner: Best Actor

National Board of Review

1969 | Winner: Top Foreign Films

National Society of Film Critics Awards

1969 | Winner: Best Actor

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