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HUNGER - IFC Films Press Notes

HUNGER - IFC Films Press Notes

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Published by IFC Films
HUNGER is the most honored debut film of the
year and perhaps of the decade. The stunningly
assured debut feature from Turner Prize-winning
visual artist Steve McQueen was the winner of the
2008 Cannes Camera d'Or and over twenty top
international prizes. The film is a work of astonishing
precision co-written by acclaimed Irish playwright
Enda Walsh and starring Michael Fassbender (300)
in an unflinchingly passionate turn as Bobby Sands,
leader of the fateful 1981 hunger strike
in Northern Ireland's notorious Maze Prison.
HUNGER is the most honored debut film of the
year and perhaps of the decade. The stunningly
assured debut feature from Turner Prize-winning
visual artist Steve McQueen was the winner of the
2008 Cannes Camera d'Or and over twenty top
international prizes. The film is a work of astonishing
precision co-written by acclaimed Irish playwright
Enda Walsh and starring Michael Fassbender (300)
in an unflinchingly passionate turn as Bobby Sands,
leader of the fateful 1981 hunger strike
in Northern Ireland's notorious Maze Prison.

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PRESENTS
HUNGER
A Film by Steve McQueen96 MINUTES – COLOR– ENGLISH – NOT RATED1:85 – DOLBY DIGITAL SR/SRD
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MARK BOXER COURTNEY OTT SUSAN NORGET MARINA BAILEY JUSTIN DIPIETRO LAURA SOK CHARLIE OLSKY MARINA BAILEY FILMPUBLICITYIFC FILMS IFC FILMS SUSAN NORGET FILM PRODUCTION 1615 North LaurelAvenue, #201SALES/DISTRIBUTION PUBLICITY/MARKETING T: 212.431.0090 Los Angeles, CA 90046 T: 917.542.6333 / 646.273.7211 T: 646.273.7214/ 917.542.6330 F: 212.680.3181
 
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FILM FESTIVALS & AWARDS
 TELLURIDE FILM FESTIVAL 2008NEW YORK FILM FESTIVAL 2008AFI FILM FESTIVAL 2008CANNES INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL 2008 / WINNER - CAMERA D’OR,FIPRESCI INTERNATIONAL CRITIC’S AWARDVENICE FILM FESTIVAL 2008 / WINNER - GUCCI PRIZE TORONTO INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL 2008 / WINNER - DIESELDISCOVERY AWARDCHICAGO INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL 2008 / WINNER – BEST FILM, BESTACTORBRITISH INDEPENDENT FILM AWARDS 2008 / WINNER – BEST DEBUTDIRECTOR, BEST ACTOR, BEST CINEMATOGRAPHYEUROPEAN FILM AWARDS 2008 / WINNER – EUROPEAN DISCOVER AWARDEVENING STANDARD BRITISH FILM AWARDS 2009 / WINNER – BEST FILMINDEPENDENT SPIRIT AWARDS 2008 / NOMINATED FOR BEST FOREIGN FILMLONDON FILM CRITICS AWARDS / WINNER - BRITISH ACTOR OF THE YEAR,BREAKTRHOUGH BRITISH FILMMAKERORANGE BAFTA FILM AWARDS 2009 / WINNER – THE CARL FOREMAN AWARDFOR SPECIAL ACHIEVEMENT BY A BRITISH DIRECTOR, WRITER OR PRODUCER
FOR THEIR FIRST FEATURE FILMIRISH FILM AND TELEVISION AWARDS 2009 / WINNER – BEST FILM, BEST ACTORIN A LEAD ROLE, BEST ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE, BEST PRODUCTIONDESIGN, BEST SOUND, BEST ORIGINAL SCORE, BEST NEWCOMER
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SYNOPSIS
HUNGER follows life in the Maze Prison, Northern Ireland, with aninterpretation of the highly emotive events surrounding the 1981 IRA HungerStrike led by Bobby Sands. With an epic eye for detail, the film provides atimely exploration of what happens when body and mind are pushed to theuttermost limit.Raymond Lohan wearily follows his normal routine: an ordinary man doingthe job of a prison officer in the Maze Prison in Northern Ireland, 1981.Working within one of the infamous H-Blocks, where republican prisoners areon the Blanket and No-Wash protest, is a living hell for both prisoner andprison officer.A young, new prisoner Davey Gillen is brought into this environment for thefirst time. Although terrified, Davey resolutely refuses to wear the prisonuniform - he is no common criminal. So joining the Blanket protest, heshares a filthy cell with another ‘non-conforming’ republican prisoner GerryCampbell. Gerry, hardened to the horrific realities of Maze life, guides Daveythrough the daily routine, he trains him how to smuggle items and exchange‘comms’ (communications) with the outside world, passing them on to theirH-Block leader Bobby Sands at Sunday Mass. The prisoners are persuaded to take up the prison regime’s offer of civilianclothes – a potential breakthrough in their struggle to regain political status –only for them to be mocked by the ‘clown clothes’ handed out. A riot erupts.In the mayhem, the prisoners destroy the clean cells they’ve been moved to. The riot is violently crushed with beatings and body searches. The violencespreads beyond the Maze; no prison officer is safe and Raymond is shotdead.Bobby Sands meets Father Dominic Moran. Once the initial humorous banteris out the way, Bobby reveals that he is going to lead a new Hunger Strike toprotest for special category status for republican prisoners. Theconversation immediately intensifies into a battle of words that illuminatesthe prisonersdetermination to begin another Hunger Strike through thepriest’s questioning of motives and morality. Bobby’s mind is unchanged andthe strike will begin.Later, Bobby Sands has been moved to the hospital wing as his conditiondeteriorates and where a friend and his parents visit him. Bobby Sands isthe first to die of ten men.
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