Hunger for Life
Hunger for Life (Hunger auf Leben, 2004)
Director: Markus Imboden
Her life was short, but intense. Brigitte Reimann, writer, worker, a woman who craved life and celebrated it. The life she glorified was in Communist East Germany is unimportant, for her dreams and longings were those of any artist torn between the here and now, and an ideal future. Her path to success and recognition as one of East Germany's leading authors begins in the 1950s, when her first novel becomes a best-seller.
Her hunger for freedom, however, leads her dangerously disaster, again and again. With a regime that forces her to curb her critical views. She loves four men and they are the driving forces in her life: the brother she adores who flees to the West and the brutal husband who is sent to jail and whom she leaves upon his release; the gentle writer whom she lives with in a barren industrial town and who withers in the shadow of her success; the coarse and arrogant lover who makes her feel more like a woman than ever yet betrays her to the secret police.
This is the story of a woman who dreamed of a better life, and lived the one she had to the fullest.