EN - Three boys are playing soldiers amid the vast dunes of the Flemish coast. 10-year-old Karel is separated from his friends and discovers a young couple making love, hidden from sight, deep in the dunes. This incident will change his life forever.

NL - Drie jongens spelen soldaatje in het uitgestrekte duinenlandschap aan de Vlaamse kust. Karel, een wildebras van 10 jaar oud, raakt afgescheiden van zijn twee vrienden. Diep verscholen tussen de duinen maakt Karel een ontdekking die zijn leven zal veranderen en enkel in geheimhouding herinnerd kan worden.


Title The Hunger
Original title De honger
Original language Dutch
Status Completed
Production Majority Flemish
Category Shorts
Genre drama
Year 2013
World première / first public presentation 2013-11-28


Cast Vincent Collin, Dorien De Clippel, Mathias Van Mieghem
Photography Philip Van Volsem
Editing Els Voorspoels
Sound Jeroen Truijens
Art director Ravit Bechor
Costume Kristin Van Passel
Makeup Lies Van Riel

Technical specs

Running time film 16'
Release format DCP
Aspect ratio 1:2.39
Sound format 5.1
Colour Colour
Available in 2D


Supported by Flanders Audiovisual Fund (VAF)
Production partners Black Knight Media BVBA
Tax shelter partners uShort

New Flemish features to be launched in Les Arcs

Pieter Van Hees’s Waste Land has been selected for Official Competition at the European Film Festival in Les Arcs, France (13-20 December). Bas Devos’s feature debut Violet and Benoit De Clerck’s short film The Hunger are also part of the official line-up. Flemish projects to be discovered in the professional programme are Kenneth Mercken’s Coureur and Galloping Mind by Wim Vandekeybus. Finally, three new feature films from Flanders - Black, Belgian Rhapsody and again Waste Land - will be pitched to an audience of distributors and cinema owners from France.

BlackWaste Land, Black and Belgian Rhapsody will be presented during the Les Arcs Summit, a yearly programme that reunites independent distributors and industry professionals focusing on the exhibition of European films in France and made up of a number of films scheduled for a 2015 release.

Published on Monday 15 December 2014

Flanders shorts well represented in Psarokokalo line-up

Nine short films from Flanders take part in the international competition of the International Short Film Festival Psarokokalo in Athens, Greece. Six live-action shorts, two animation films and one documentary project made the line-up. The eighth edition of the festival runs from 10 till 16 July and presents some 120 shorts, selected out of 4,200 submissions.

Vol au ventLeonardo Van Dijl’s black-and-white short Get Ripped exposes the mental deterioration of a young man determined to transform his body. In its home territory, the film already screened at the Leuven International Short Film Festival, while it has also been confirmed for Outfest LA, which kicks off on July 10. The film is to take part in the fest’s International Male section.

Published on Tuesday 10 June 2014

Premium Films adds The Hunger to slate

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.

The HungerWith 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.

Published on Tuesday 4 February 2014

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Last edited on 4 November 2015

Short info

Director Benoit De Clerck
Producers Gert Embrechts, Jacqueline de Goeij, Loes Knape
Writers Benoit De Clerck

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Website benoitdeclerck.com/The-Hunger
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