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In a move that could make him one of the country’s most recognizable and beloved actors, the country’s longest-serving political prisoner, the late Oscar-nominated actor-turned-politician Andris Nardo Giedi, was announced as the director of the new film “The Hunger,” a film about Giedi’s life in the 1980s, from which his current memoir of the same name was adapted from.
Produced by former director Michael De Luca, who directed a series of successful films for NBC and MTV, the movie revolves around Giedi’s imprisonment from 1980 to 1984 in the notorious Wannsee prison in Nazi-occupied East Germany. The film is based on Giedi’s now-retired memoir, which was first published in 2002.
“The Hunger” takes up Giedi’s history with the Wannsee, a center for the political prisoner program that also held Jewish and communist political prisoners. Giedi was born in East Germany to Romanian parents. His father, Ioan, was a journalist who had escaped to the Soviet Union and, after being persecuted by Communist authorities, fled to South America, where he settled in Puerto Rico when he was 19. After his father died, in 1952, Giedi’s mother took him back. At the time, Puerto Rico was a part of the United States, and Giedi’s mother eventually made a successful career as a teacher. Ioan became a prominent political figure, writing political tracts about communism. He became an outspoken advocate for democracy. As he grew older, Giedi also began to explore his sexuality, but was quickly branded with such labels as a “pederast” who should be silenced.
Giedi’s arrest and imprisonment coincided with the Soviet invasion of Hungary, where he lived briefly with his grandmother before he returned to his family at an early age.
In the memoir that follows the Wannsee’s history, Giedi describes the prison as a “pauper’s paradise,” where “the most terrible criminals were welcomed like members of a fraternity