heart of hunger

film | DV | 29min | colour | 5.1 | 2018

"A film that exorcises the fear of death through the oblique portraits of two mavericks in all their strength and fragility. Laughing, singing, crying, sharing, testing the limits of bodies, in intimacy and friendship. Vitality sets cinema on fire through a baroque and exhilarating collage of crazy images. A poem of disruption and splendor."

Jury Pardi di Domani 2018
(Pardino d' Argento Award - 71st Locarno Film Festival)

A hungry heart, a celebration of the body, both exposed and concealed at the same time, like baroque paintings: guilty, ashamed or further alienated from our voyeur gaze. A secret dividing the actors and their scenic world from the public who has come to witness it; an episodic narration around the unspeakable; two friends travelling in the same boat and playing lustful and sadistic games. The characters in Heart of Hunger can act, feel and experiment, but they cannot testify as to the relationships that determine them. They lose each other, they find each other; the heart is a lonely hunter.

selected festival screenings

(2019) Queer Lisboa - Lisbon, Portugal

(2019) Lovers Film Festival - Torino, Italy
(2019) Go Short - International Short Film Festival - Nijmegen, The Netherlands
(2019) Vilnius International Film Festival - Vilnius, Lithuania
(2019) Rencontres Internationales Paris/Berlin - Paris, France
(2019) Cine Esquema Novo - Porto Alegre, Brazil
(2018) Fringe! Queer Film &Arts Fest - London, United Kingdom
(2018) 71st Locarno Film Festival - Locarno, Switzerland

selected solo screenings / exhibitions

(2022) Athénée Français - Tokyo, Japan
(2022) Mudaeruk - Seoul, South Korea

(2020) Sensual Havoc - Amsterdam, The Netherlands

(2020) Jan Van Eyck Academie - Maastricht, The Netherlands

(2019) Mediamatic - Amsterdam, The Netherlands

(2019) Filmtheater De Uitkijk - Amsterdam, The Netherlands

(2018) Absent Without Leave - Rotterdam, The Netherlands
(2018) Supermarket Art Fair - Stockholm, Sweden




Nia Konstantinova

production support

The Netherlands Film Fund
Nieuwe Vide
MAL Loppersum


Hinke-Ann Eleveld
Angelos Messios
Andy Smart


Sjors Hoogerdijk
Leandro Lefa


Raydrick Feliciana

production assistant

Beatriz Carvalho


Michael Verweij

technical assistance

Joost Wierenga

additional cast

Bernd Eilts
Jennifer Zaharieva
Mylan Hoezen
Lennart Smidt

art department

Nia Konstantinova

Jochem van den Wijngaard
Katie Ceekay