Inhuman Hunger

Zu monoton-rauer Gitarrenmusik zeigt das erste Bild die Elemente einer scheinbaren Versuchsanordnung: Ein Brotwecken und daneben ein Buch mit dem Titel „Business Solutions to Poverty“. Hände beginnen die Brotscheiben zwischen Buchseiten zu legen, pressen das weiche Material gegen die sperrigen Seiten. Zwischentitel zitieren aus Hans Christian Andersens Märchen „Das Mädchen, das auf Brot trat“, in dem einem Mädchen ihre Eitelkeit zum Verhängnis und sie mit unstillbarem Hunger für ihre Taten bestraft wird. Die Situation wird immer absurder, Brot in und unter Turnschuhe gestopft, doch Realität und Theorie (Text) können nicht zueinander finden. (Claudia Slanar)

[…] Inhuman Hunger says a lot about relevance: necessity and superfluity, and ignorance of privilege. It might be true that man cannot live by bread alone (He needs words! Culture! Painting!) but for many, even today, it would be a pretty good place to start. (Amy Sherlock, Frieze)

Director's Biography
ANKA SASNAL, born in 1973 in Tarnów in Poland, studied Polish literature and gender studies. As a screenwriter, editor, and filmmaker, she lives in Kraków together with Wilhelm Sasnal, who was also born in Tarnów in 1972 and studied architecture and painting.  WILHELM SASNAL attracted international attention as a visual artist with a series of solo and group exhibitions in renowned international galleries and art institutions with paintings, comic books, drawings, photographs, and videos. From the first joint film project onwards, significant characteristics of their artistic collaboration are already visible: the intensive focus on language, texts, and literary models, which they transform into an image language that suits them. An explicit political stance can be noted in their films – thematically Anka and Wilhelm Sasnal circle around the current state of Polish society, rising xenophobia, the relationship of Polish society to the Catholic church, and especially the recent Polish past during the Second World War. A dystopian worldview, although not so much a pessimistic one – as they say themselves – may certainly be attributed to their work, along with an undisguised interest in the “dark” side of human beings.  Anka and Wilhelm Sasnal are no strangers to the festival audience in Linz, as they have already been represented in the festival program twice in the past. In 2012, they won the main prize with It Looks Pretty from a Distance, which premiered in Rotterdam, and then returned with Parasite in 2014.

// Films at CROSSING EUROPE Film Festival 2017

// Co-directed films: Słońce, to słońce mnie oślepiło (The Sun, the Sun Blinded Me, 2016), Huba (Parasite, 2014; CE’14), Aleksander (2013, doc), Z daleka widok jest piękny (It Looks Pretty from a Distance, 2011; CE’12), Świniopas (Swineherd, 2008)

// Films by Wilhelm Sasnal: Afternoon of a Faun (2015, short), Columbus (2014, short), Inhuman Hunger (2014, short), Kacper (2010, short), Europa (2007, short), Brazil (2005, short), Marfa (2005, short)
Tribute 2017
Wilhelm Sasnal
Polen / Großbritannien 2014
6 Minuten
Drehbuch Wilhelm Sasnal
Kamera Wilhelm Sasnal
Schnitt Wilhelm Sasnal
Premierenstatus / Premiere Status
Austrian Premiere

Gemeinsam mit / Together with