The Hunger, the newest short film by Benoit De Clerck, has been picked up by Paris-based sales agent Premium Films, who will internationally represent the film. The news was announced during the International Short Film Festival of Clermont-Ferrand (31 January-8 February) where The Hunger is screening in international competition.
With The Hunger Benoit De Clerck returns to 1963, when three boys are playing in the vast dunes of the Belgian coast. 10-year-old Karel gets separated from his friends and deep in the dunes makes a discovery that will alter his life and can only be remembered in secrecy.
Founded in 1998, Premium Films has become one of the world’s leading sales agents for short films, representing a catalogue of over 1,000 films from more than 40 countries, including other Flemish shorts such as Tom Van Avermaet’s Death of a Shadow, Cockaigne by Emilie Verhamme and Swimsuit 46 by Wannes Destoop. In 2011, Premium Films also opened a feaure film department, representing among others Hans Van Nuffel’s feature debut, Oxygen.
Benoit De Clerck scripted and directed The Hunger, in which Vincent Collin, Dorien De Clippel and Mathias Van Mieghem take the central roles. Principal photography was done by Philip Van Volsem, Els Voorspoels took care of editing.
Ciné Cri de Coeur (Allez, Eddy!) produced The Hunger and was able to count on the support of the Flanders Audiovisual Fund/Film Fund of Flemish Cultural Affairs Minister Joke Schauvliege.