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Palme d’Or
Cannes Film Festival
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Prize of the Ecumenical Jury ~ Special Mention
Cannes Film Festival
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A spare film, muted in colour - and all the more powerful and urgent for it.
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I, Daniel Blake

Winner of the Palme d’Or at the 2016 Cannes Film Festival, the latest from legendary director Ken Loach is a gripping, human tale about the impact one man can make. Gruff but goodhearted, Daniel Blake (Dave Johns) is a man out of time: a widowed woodworker who’s never owned a computer, he lives according to his own common sense moral code. But after a heart attack leaves him unable to work and the state welfare system fails him, the stubbornly self-reliant Daniel must stand up and fight for his dignity, leading a one-man crusade for compassion that will transform the lives of a struggling single mother (Hayley Squires) and her two children. Graced with humor and heart, I, Daniel Blake is a moving, much-needed reminder of the power of empathy from one of the world’s greatest living filmmakers.

Played at

Royal, 12.23.16 - 1.05.17
Rated R
Genre: Drama
Runtime: 100 min
Language: English

Director: Ken Loach
Writer(s): Paul Laverty
Cast: Briana Shann, Dave Johns, Hayley Squires, Sharon Percy

Awards:
  • Winner, Palme d’Or, Cannes Film Festival
  • Winner, Prize of the Ecumenical Jury ~ Special Mention, Cannes Film Festival
FEATURED REVIEW: Owen Gleiberman, Variety
The British director Ken Loach will be 80 years old in June, and he has worked in film and television for more than 50 of those years, but with his bone-deep empathy for the desperate and the downtrodden, you may feel that he was almost put on earth to make a dramatic feature about t...