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Films By Ken Loach

Ae Fond Kiss UK/Spain/Germany/ItalyMaster of contemporary social-realism cinema Ken Loach makes a return to MIFF with the final film in his acclaimed Glasgow trilogy, which includes My Name is Joe (MIFF 1999) and Sweet Sixteen. Peering into the world of interracial romance and ethnic intolerance ... Read more
"The locale may have changed but the commitment to challenging social drama remains unwavering in Ken Loach's (My Name is Joe, MIFF 1999) first North American venture. Set in Los Angeles - and inspired by the continuing 'Justice For Janitors' union struggles - the latest collaboration between Loach ... Read more
Ken Loach's uncompromising brand of cinematic 'realism' - documentary camera style, use of non-professional casts, improvisation, realistic unfolding of time within fictional narratives - has cast him as one of the most important, yet 'difficult', directors to emerge from the resurgence of British ... Read more
“It's also a cruel world, populated by capitalist tools and fools, schemers and dreamers of every stripe, accent and ethnicity.” - The New York Times ... The latest film from socialist and social realist filmmaker Ken Loach (The Wind that Shakes the Barley, MIFF 06), It's a Free World delves ... Read more
Billy is a loner. His older brother bullies him, and his good timing mother passes him off to a succession of one night uncles. At the age of 15 years, he is on the brink of an aimless existence of petty pilfering and wasted weeks of schooling, which he realises only too well will lead to some ... Read more
Due to circumstances beyond MIFF's control, LOOKING FOR ERIC will no longer screen at the festival. See here for details. ... “Ken Loach in feelgood mode.” - Independent ... Former soccer star Eric Cantona stars as himself in this uncharacteristically optimistic film from Ken Loach (It's a Free ... Read more
"Looks and Smiles is, quite simply, Ken Loach's best film since Kes — a marvellously sympathetic study of two Sheffield teenagers leaving school to face the spectre of unemployment. One of the boys joins the army and serves in Northern Ireland. The other itches to follow but is too young; his ... Read more
This tale of working class characters caught in a down­ward spiral of their own and society's weaknesses could be considered amongst Ken Loach's best work. As befits his reputation, this is a no holds barred examination of the daily tribulations of marginal personalities. Loach's leading man ... Read more
... ... Ken Loach's work has been marked over the 30-odd years of his career by a sensi­tive if uncompromising eye. He has turned his gaze on social injustice in no uncommon terms and has broken bread with the working class, who he feels are the poor forgotten victims of modern society. Who can ... Read more
"Insightful and explosive, so torn from today's headlines it leaves newsprint on your hands." - Empire ... Former soldiers and lifelong friends, Fergus and Frankie, have been growing rich doing private security work in the simmering quagmire of post-war Iraq. But when Frankie is killed in ... Read more
"The film works all at once as a lament, a celebration and a wake-up call to modern politicians and voters." – Time Out London ... Focusing on the pivotal post-WWII era in British history, Ken Loach's first feature-length documentary since 1998's The Flickering Flame is a timely ... Read more
Winner of the Jury Prize at Cannes. ... Ken Loach teams up with long-time collaborator Paul Laverty (The Wind That Shakes the Barley, MIFF 06) for The Angels' Share, a funny and affectionate crime caper about friendship, hope and the redemptive power of really expensive whiskey. ... After his ... Read more
Veteran British filmmaker Ken Loach, who has consistently astounded MIFF audiences with films including My Name is Joe (1999) and Bread and Roses (2000), has again delivered a work that champions society's underdogs. Based on a screenplay by ex-railway worker Rob Dawber, Loach turns a jaundiced eye ... Read more
FRIDAY 11 AUGUST, 9PM - SOLD OUT ... The Wind that Shakes the Barley was winner of the Palme d'Or at this year's Cannes Film Festival. Both an ardent observer of reality and a deeply committed political filmmaker, Ken Loach turns back the pages of time to confront issues of family, patriotism and ... Read more
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