The Hunger Artist


"A supremely rare and thus under-appreciated adaptation of Franz Kafka's A Hunger Artist to stop-motion. The director, Tom Gibbons, describes his fascination with Kafka's story: "The excuses I was hearing over and over were 'nobody really understands stop-motion' and 'it is too expensive.' ... I was attracted to this romantic and oddly futile character. The artist, against all odds and better judgment, refuses to abandon his craft. I don't think of him as a hero, and yet some crazy instinct or corner of myself does. There is ironic humor to the idea that the starving artist was flipped into an artist who starves.""