Archive of films Hungry Man / Hungry Man

2013, 70 min

Section: Forum of Independents - Competition
Year: 2013

This story of an unexpected encounter between a young boy and a wounded foreigner somewhere in the Romanian wilderness is a parable about the freedom of man in modern society. The film was made with non-professional actors, a minimal crew and no accompanying music. The plot is subdued while emphasis is placed on the endeavour to probe the minds of the individual characters and to create a true sense of atmosphere.


This story of an unexpected encounter between a young boy and an injured foreigner somewhere in the Romanian wilderness is a parable of man’s freedom in modern society. The boy lives in a decaying village in the Danube delta. It is a landscape untouched by time and modern society. Director Philip Martin builds his compelling story using just three basic elements: children, an injured man, and the specific landscape and nature of the delta. Martin’s daring debut does not follow a classical sequence of events, but consciously seeks out a distinctive and original form of narration using non-actors, a skeleton crew, and no musical soundtrack. Nor is Martin in any hurry to introduce the main plot or the events that follow. He uses time to pull the viewer into the children’s frame of mind and the atmosphere of their everyday life. Nearly every shot "slows time without being boring”, which philosopher Hans-Georg Gadamer calls one of the defining features of art.

About the director

Philip Martin (France) set out at age 16 for Italy, where he began to learn filmmaking under producer and director Paul Casalini. He worked as assistant editor, later as assistant director, and at age 21 he shot his debut film. Through his contacts among documentary filmmakers, he began working for various international companies (BBC, NHK, RAI). Besides working in film, Martin also engages in photography, and has been exhibiting his photographs since 2000, when he returned to his native France. He has held exhibitions in Paris, Montpellier, Milan and Glasgow. Martin currently lives in Paris. Some of his works are available online at


Eaux Vives Productions
8 rue Godillot, 93400, Saint-Ouen
Tel: +33 185 086 268

About the film

Color, DCP
World premiere

Section: Forum of Independents - Competition
Director: Philip Martin
Screenplay: Philip Martin
Dir. of Photography: Philip Martin
Editor: Claire Atherton
Producer: Xénia Maingot
Production: Eaux Vives Productions
Cast: Cristi Balea, Constantin Puscaru, Catalina Puscaru
Contact: Eaux Vives Productions


Philip Martin

Film Director

Xenia Maingot


Teodora Yervatian

Film Crew

Madeleine Leveque



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