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Hunger 2001
Description: A sensitive writer from a tiny city faces spiritual crisis as he tries to create it as a Hollywood screenwriter. Charlie Pontus (Joseph Culp) wanders around Los Angeles torn between his efforts to sell a screenplay and search his next meal. His natural optimism keeps him afloat as he walks the tight-rope between his love for the beautiful, exotic Ylayali (Kathleen Luong) and his desperate connection to The Chief (Robert Culp), the Hollywood producer who has the power to give life or take it away. Stubbornly refusing to relinquish his principles, he sinks deeper and deeper into spiritual crisis, finally confronting God in a Jobian showdown.
Released: N/A Director: Maria Giese Writers: Maria Giese, Knut Hamsun (novel) Actors: Joseph Culp, Robert Culp, Kathleen Luong, Redmond Gleeson Genres: Drama
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Hunger Reviews:

I went to see Hunger at a festival, and was left speechless. It took me a couple of days to totally digest the film. Hunger,both in its original manifestation as a 1890's novel by Knut Hamsun,and in this updated version, is a parable of the human ego as itmakes the agonizing adventure to confront reality, both on the grittylevel of survival and on the more esoteric level, which Andrew Harvey,Sufi scholar, describes as the zone where the soul is, "burnt alive...mocked, derided, lacerated, opened up by visionary ecstasy.." And so the reason I reacted with such passion to this film is simply that it is true; a thrilling and visually pretty rendering of a profound truth. Maria Geise gets credit, not only for recognizing the beauty of the message in Knut Hamsun's masterpiece, but for bringing it to the screen in such an alarming, visceral, and scrappy (not in the sense of "fragmented", but in the sense of "a fighting spirit"),way.I thought long and difficult before coming up with the term to describe Joseph Culp's brilliant portrayal of the down-and-out screenwriter. It is nothing less than Chaplinesque--the hero he gives us is at once endearing, annoying, pathetic,and deeply profound.This is a film for anyone who has dug deeply into the pockets of the soul and come up empty-handed. That would be all of us.


I saw this movie some time ago at a festival here in city and was amazed at it's depth, feeling and intelligence. I just saw Joseph Culp in something else and it reminded me of this unbelievable film. I would highly suggest it to the arthouse crowd or those with European sensibilities. Though shot digitally and notcomplete I entire heartedly help this movie even though it asks us to suspend our disbelief of humanity a bit too much.


HUNGER was the crown jewel of the 2007 FAIF festival, where it won Greatest Underground Feature. With the precise direction of Maria Giese, a PERFECT performance by Joseph Culp, and a splendid score by Emmy Award-winner Trevor Morris (from none another than the studio of Hans Zimmer), "Hunger" transcended everything it had going vs it. It is a real guerrilla masterpiece that can stand tall alongside anything made by a studio or a major independent. It's hard to search words to express HOW MUCH I LOVE this movie, but I'll try: Maria Giese had the inspiration and vision to adapt the towering 1890 novel, "Hunger", by Norwegian Nobel Prize-winner Knut Hamsun, and to contemporize it for modern-day Los Angeles. She then teamed up with actor Joseph Culp to star and co-produce the film. Culp portrays Charlie Pontus, a screenwriter with a nice heart and mind, armed with kindness and talent, who is struggling desperately to receive a job— as well as something to eat. Even though it was shot in modern day Los Angeles, Ms. Giese somehow achieved putting the town in a time capsule. It felt like and looked like a period piece. So well done and so "guerrilla." "Hunger" is truly a defining example of guerrilla film-making at its best. Ms. Giese brought back memories of Jarmusch, Hal Hartley and Nickname Gomez, but better.PERFECT! Joseph Culp's portrayal of the screenwriter, Charlie, was perfectly nuanced and convincing. The audience shares his hilarious and heartbreaking dilemma. We feel deeply for him as he spirals downward. As we witness with frustration how he keeps naively missing opportunities, we still love him for his type heart and often comical sincerity. Charlie's slow descent into homelessness and madness as he succumbs to starvation was so believable and absorbing that you began to smell the meal in the restaurants and vendors he shambles past. The character's inner voice was delivered with such subtlety and credibility, it resounds long after watching the film.Trevor Morris composed an nice original score, full of humor and pathos, and which beautifully compliments the character's inner-life. The tone of the score rises and falls as terrible Charlie waits to hear about a screenplay under consideration by the heartless, exploitative studio "Chief" played by Joseph Culp's father, actor Robert Culp. This 2007 film (which IMDb has incorrectly dated 2001 based on an early work-in-progress screening) took years of difficult work by all involved. It could be noted (and corrected by IMDb) that it is in fact a 2007 release. It is making the festival rounds actually and is not to be missed! With the writers clan strike in full swing, "Hunger" is especially poignant. I suggest Hunger with nice confidence for anyone who wants an enjoyable, meaningful, magical cinematic experience.I LOVED IT!



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