Oswego Film Group Screens “Hunger” April 15

A scene from the film, "Hunger".
A scene from the film, "Hunger".

The Oswego Film Group (OFG) will host a screening of Hunger on Thursday, April 15. The 7 PM show, free and open to the public, will be held in SUNY Oswego’s Campus Center Auditorium. The film will be introduced by Donald Masterson of the college’s Department of English and Creative Writing; after the screening, Professor Masterson will lead a discussion of the film.

“Steve McQueen’s stark debut Hunger recounts the last days of Bobby Sands (played by Michael Fassbender), the Irish Republican Army member who starved himself to death in prison in 1981. The movie is a triptych. In the first section, IRA soldiers…insist on being treated as political prisoners…. The central section is all dialogue, fourteen minutes worth, a debate (done in one take) between Sands and a priest (Liam Cunningham) about the purpose and ethics of a hunger strike….The final section is nearly wordless: Bobby slowly shrinking to a skeleton,….The movie is…rigorous, evocative, and, in spite of its grisly imagery, elegant…..” (David Edelstein, New York magazine)

The film (written by McQueen and Enda Walsh) won the Cámera d’Or, the prize given for a first feature, at the 2008 Cannes Film Festival. Steve McQueen won Britain’s Turner Prize (awarded to visual artists under 50); his work is included in the collections of the Guggenheim and Tate, among other major museums.

The film is not rated and runs 96 minutes.

The Oswego Film Group (formed in 2005) is dedicated to bringing quality independent film to Oswego and fostering a community of interested film goers.

For more information, please visit OFG’s blog: http://oswegofilmgroup.wordpress.com/ or e-mail the film group at [email protected] The group is also on Facebook and Twitter.