"Best Actor" winner at the 1966 Cannes Film Festival.
HUNGER, a Scandinavian co-production (filmed in Oslo, Norway, and featuring Swedish actor Per Oscarsson), is a portrait of poverty in the 1890s. Danish writer/director Henning Carlsen adapts Knut Hamsun celebrated novel-of-the-same-name, boiling the book down to its necessary core. Pontus, a writer, is at wits' end. He is without a reliable income and is forced to gradually sell his possessions for what little money these items will generate. But even those few coins are not enough amongst such suffering. Pontus is compelled to give it away. Even when one of his articles is about to be published in the local newspaper, he declines the offer of an advance. Too proud to accept the reality of his situation, a desperate solution is required.