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Watching "Hunger"

Posted at 2:54 PM on April 6, 2009 by Euan Kerr



I recently watched an advance screening of Steve McQueen's "Hunger." It's a harrowing and thought-provoking piece of film which opens this week at the Walker Art Center. In Minneapolis.

It's the story of the hunger strikers in the Maze Prison in Belfast in 1981, seen through the eyes of both the prisoners and the guards. It is at times brutal and others starkly beautiful.

McQueen is a visual artist who has been making films as part of his work. This is his first feature length work and it is drawing praise from many quarters. The film will pay for two weeks at the Walker, the longest run any film has had in the history of the WAC.

McQueen, who won the Turner Prize in 1999, will also be featured in the upcoming Walker show "The Quick and the Dead."

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