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The Flickering Flame will explore the director’s 50-year career through the battles he fought to make films.
“At the project’s centre will be an interview-led documentary which explores the different battles that not only inspired Ken’s films but have also arisen in the process of getting them made,” said producer Rebecca O’Brien, Loach’s long-time collaborator at production house Sixteen Films.
Loach’s son, Jim Loach, has been commissioned to direct the film, which will feature interviews with the filmmaker’s detractors as well as his collaborators.
O’Brien said these “battles” ranged from the political, referring to the rage in the UK’s right-wing press over the Palme d’Or-winning The Wind That Shakes The Barley; to the social, as was the »
★★★☆☆Nuance might be a feature of Ken Loach's work that has long since left the building, but that's not to say his latest work doesn't fail to charm. The story of James "Jimmy" Gralton, the only Irishman to be deported from his own country, has Loach on tempestuous, didactic form, parleyed by sensitive performances from its cast that give more depth than Paul Laverty's agitprop script seems to give. Jimmy's Hall (2014), like the second half of its closest Loach relative, The Wind that Shakes the Barley (2006), pits itself in the aftermath of the Irish war of independence and the awkward political situation of Ireland in the early 1920s, where the progressive branches of republicanism were just as buried as they were under the British.
- CineVue UK
For someone who famously hypnotised Christopher Nolan with his performance, and his penetrating eyes, in not one but two Batman movies, Cillian Murphy seems keen to pass as anonymously as possible in interviews: a dad of two young sons, with his partner of almost 20 years (visual artist Yvonne McGuinness), he lives in the unglitzy London borough of Kilburn and says his only vices are Tabasco on everything and Dragons Den. I can watch Dragons Den for hours, he says. Why are they in that warehouse? Why is the music so ominous? Why are they sitting there with piles of cash like mini-dictators. Such terrible people, all of them. Its riveting.
Youd never guess that as a teenager this slight, unassuming man »
- Nosheen Iqbal
New Irish feature film The Guarantee starring Love/Hate’s Peter Coonan, David Murray (Amber), Orla Fitzgerald (The Wind That Shakes The Barley), Morgan C. Jones (Vikings), and Gary Lydon (Calvary) will be hitting Irish cinemas on Thursday October 30th with a special live event to kick off the release. The first of its kind in Ireland, the live event screening will allow cinema audiences across the country to watch the film and take part in an interactive panel discussion and Q&A hosted by Today FM’s Matt Cooper live from Movies@Dundrum. Based on Colin Murphy’s stage play Guaranteed!, directed by Ian Power (The Runway) and produced by John Kelleher Media in association with the Bai, the Irish Film Board and TV3, The Guarantee recreates the drama surrounding the most significant political decision in modern Irish history when the Irish government decided to guarantee the entire domestic banking system. »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Tom White)
We really loved the first trailer for “A Nightingale Falling” and after premiering at the Galway Film Fleadh last month (It was the only film to receive a second encore screening due to box officedemand) the movie is now set for a nationwide release on September 12th in the following cinemas Imc Screen, Imc Santry, Imc Dun Laoghaire, Imc Tallaght, Imc Tullamore, Imc Dundalk, Imc Athlone, Imc Galway, Omniplex Cork, Ennis Empire Movieplex, Gaiety Sligo, Cinema Killarney, Diamond Navan, Carrick Cineplex The movie is set in Ireland during the War of Independence - a period not explored widely since the highly acclaimed ‘The Wind that Shakes the Barley’. Featuring intense dramatic scenes with Black and Tans and the Ira, impeccable recreations of the era, and powerful acting performances, audiences will be gripped by this tragic tale set in 1920’s Ireland. This Thursday (4th Sept.) the film will have its homecoming »
- email@example.com (Vic Barry)
Honouring two Palestinian filmmakers at the Sarajevo Film Festival, British director Ken Loach branded the Us as a “bully” and said cultural happenings supported by the Israeli state should be boycotted.
British filmmaker Ken Loach has called for the “boycott of all the cultural happenings supported by the Israeli state” at an awards ceremony honouring two Palestinian directors.
The director of Kes and The Wind That Shakes The Barley gave an impassioned speech at the Sarajevo Film Festival (Aug 15-23) last night, where he presented the Katrin Cartlidge Foundation Award to Palestinian directors Abdel Salam Shehadeh and Ashraf Mashharawi.
Loach branded the directors as “probably two of the greatest filmmakers in the world today, because they are making films in Gaza.”
Stirring memories of Sarajevo’s four-year siege from 1992-96, Loach said: “I know the people here will know the struggle and bravery you need when you are under siege, and you feel »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Michael Rosser)
May 22nd – Rainy Thursday in Cannes.
It appears that both the oldest, and the youngest filmmakers in the Main Comp happen to be those responsible for breathing an air of vitality into this year’s fest. Yesterday, Jean-Luc Godard’s latest (second 3D project) once again divided critics, and depending on who you speak to, Goodbye to Language is among the filmmaker’s best works (and we’re talking about six decades worth of films) or simply does not work.
Today, Xavier Dolan (his film received the early bird 7:00p.m. screening on Wednesday) receives it’s red carpet debut tonite (prediction: the filmmaker will not fall on the red steps) and is among the hot buzz titles in contention for some trophyware. After several generations worth of Quebecois father-son rapport relationship dynamics (Père manquant fils manqué phenomenon which in essence saw generations of labor force men from the »
- Eric Lavallee
Ken Loach has taken a despicable episode of modern Irish history — the 1933 deportation without trial of one of its own citizens, James Gralton — and made a surprisingly lovely, heartfelt film from it with “Jimmy’s Hall.” A thematic sequel of sorts to his Cannes-winning “The Wind That Shakes the Barley,” Loach’s 24th fiction feature finds the activist-minded director trafficking in familiar themes of individual liberties, institutional oppression and the power of collective organizing, here infused with a gentle romanticism that buoys the film without cheapening the gravity of its subject. All told a minor-key but eminently enjoyable work by a master craftsman, pic opens next week in the U.K. and has been picked up by Sony Classics for the States.
Although it’s set a decade after the bloody War of Independence depicted in “Wind,” “Jimmy’s Hall” unfolds against a nation still sharply divided along political and religious lines. »
- Scott Foundas
Ken Loach returns to Ireland after his Palme d’Or-winning The Wind that Shakes the Barley. The period flits between 1922 and 1932, and there are other similarities here, most notably the history lesson that Loach aims to provide. So will there be an apple for the teacher? Maybe not, but his heart is in the right place.
Jimmy’s Hall is based on the true story of Jimmy Gralton (Barry Ward), who’s returned to County Leitrim after a decade away in New York City. He left under a cloud, chased out for his political leanings and big mouth. This charismatic character ran a dance hall that also doubled as a social centre, a place of learning (dance, literature, boxing) and debate for a population whose only other source of education is via the overbearing Catholic Church. He’s an autodidact whose mother ran the mobile library and his intelligence is »
- Jo-Ann Titmarsh
Sony Pictures Classics has scooped up North American rights to Ken Loach's period drama "Jimmy's Hall" -- two days before it bows in the Main Competition at Cannes. Wild Bunch handled the sale. Whenever Ken Loach has a new film in the works, you can bet your bottom dollar it will premiere at Cannes. The Brit director and master of kitchen sink realism has been a Cannes Competition mainstay since "Black Jack" won the fest's coveted Fipresci Prize in 1979. "Jimmy's Hall," his latest, will make its way to the Croisette this week. But will it be his last? (Trailer below.) In 2012, his admirable if saccharine crime comedy "The Angels' Share" snapped up the Jury Prize, and in 2006 he won the Palme d'Or for the Irish historical drama "The Wind That Shakes the Barley," starring Cillian Murphy. Penned by longtime collaborator Paul Laverty, "Jimmy's Hall" will of course be competing for the Palme, »
- Ryan Lattanzio
Wild Bunch is selling the film at Cannes.
Loach’s longtime collaborator Paul Lavery wrote the script.
Irish actor Ward portrays Jimmy Gralton, an Irish political activist who built a dance hall for young people at a rural crossroads in Ireland in 1921. Gralton then spent 10 years in the U.S., returned in 1932 to his native Ireland to help his mother run the family farm and re-opened the hall.
Following a shooting at the hall in 1933, Gralton was arrested and later deported to the U.S., where he died in 1945.
Loach won the Palme d’Or for “The Wind That Shakes the Barley” in »
- Dave McNary
Reports of Ken Loach's "retirement" have been greatly exaggerated -- which is welcome news, as the frustratingly inert Jimmy's Hall would have been a bathetic end to such an important and inspirational career. Dealing with Irish political and social matters in the aftermath of the early 1920s civil war by focusing on the only Irishman ever to be deported from his homeland, the U.K.-Ireland-France co-production can be plausibly marketed as an informal follow-up of sorts to Loach's 2006 Palme d'Or winner, The Wind That Shakes the Barley. But while such comparisons certainly aren't to the new film's advantage,
- Neil Young
British director Ken Loach holds the world record for getting films accepted at Cannes: Jimmy’s Hall, Loach’s latest and his largest-scale production ever, is his 12th to be selected. The movie, about a fighter for freedom of speech in church-dominated 1920s Ireland, is Loach’s 10th collaboration with writer Paul Laverty. Loach, 77, has won nine prizes at Cannes, including the Fipresci award for 1979’s Black Jack, the Palme d’Or for 2006’s The Wind That Shakes the Barley, about Ireland’s 1920 civil war, and the jury prize for 2012’s The Angel’s Share, the latter two written by Laverty. Loach
- Stuart Kemp
Among the 18 feature films competing for the Palme d’Or at this year’s Cannes Film Festival, Jean-Luc Godard is presenting his 19th film at the Cannes Film Festival, Adieu au Langage (Goodbye to Language).
Adieu au Langage (Goodbye to Language): Godard’s first film to compete at Cannes was Cleo de 5 a 7, which premiered at the 1962 Cannes Film Festival. Since then, 18 of his films have been screened at the festival, though not all in competition. Goodbye to Language is Godard’s first film in competition in over 10 years.
Captive (The Captive): Atom Egoyan directs this Canadian thriller starring Ryan Reynolds, Rosario Dawson, Mireille Enos and Scott Speedman. This will be Egoyan’s fifth film in competition at the Cannes Film Festival; the writer/director won the Grand Jury Prize for The Sweet Hereafter in 1997.
Deux Jours, Une Nuit (Two Days, One Night): Directors and brothers »
Welcome back to Cannes Check, In Contention's annual preview of the films in Competition at this year's Cannes Film Festival, which kicks off on May 14. Taking on different selections every day, we'll be examining what they're about, who's involved and what their chances are of snagging an award from Jane Campion's jury. Next up, the lineup's second Palme d'Or-winning British stalwart: Ken Loach's "Jimmy's Hall." The director: Ken Loach (British, 77 years old). Often labelled the father of British social realism on film, Ken Loach is as famed for the no-nonsense naturalism of his aesthetic as for his defiantly socialist politics -- evident to varying degrees in 26 cinematic features (narrative and documentary) over 47 years. A lower-middle-class grammar school student turned Oxford law graduate, Loach began his career in television, directing a series of socially conscious BBC teleplays -- most famously the homelessness study "Cathy Come Home" -- before making his first feature film, »
- Guy Lodge
Ken Loach has revealed that reports of his retirement are not entirely accurate.
Last year, the 77-year-old filmmaker was reported to be moving into making just documentaries following the release of his latest film Jimmy's Hall.
"This is probably the last narrative feature for Ken," said producer Rebecca O'Brien at the time. "There are a few documentary ideas kicking around, and that will probably be the way to go, but this is a serious period drama with a lot of moving parts so it's a big thing to put together. I think we should go out while we're on top."
However, Loach has now revealed that he has changed his mind in regards to his retirement from drama.
"I kind of thought I wouldn't get through another one just as we were beginning Jimmy's Hall because it's a moment of maximum pressure when you haven't shot a thing but you're knackered from all the prep, »
Whether or not it turns out to be Ken Loach's final narrative film, Jimmy's Hall (2014) looks like being a favourite when it lands on the Croisette in competition at this year's 67th Cannes Film Festival. Cannes has commonly been a home from home for British director Loach where - despite the glam, the frocks and the yachts - this master of social realist and politically committed cinema has consistently scored successes. He's taken the Jury Prize on three different occasions with Hidden Agenda in 1990, Raining Stones in 1993 and The Angels' Share in 2012. In 2006, Loach even took the prestigious Palme d'Or for his brilliantly stirring portrayal of early twentieth century Irish history in The Wind that Shakes the Barley. With Jimmy's Hall, the director returns to similar territory - here's the film's official synopsis.
- CineVue UK
Tommy Lee Jones, Bennett Miller, David Cronenberg and Atom Egoyan will duke it out with Jean-Luc Godard, Mike Leigh, Ken Loach, Michel Hazanavicius and the Dardenne brothers for the Palme d’Or at the 67th annual Cannes Film Festival, which unveiled its official selection lineup this morning in Paris by fest topper Thierry Fremaux.
The wide-ranging competition slate is typically heavy on French filmmakers, with Olivier Assayas’ international co-production “Clouds of Sils Maria” and Bertrand Bonello’s fashion-designer biopic “Saint Laurent” joining Hazanavicius’ “The Search” and Godard’s 3D experiment “Goodbye to Language.” Fremaux noted that Godard, famously a no-show at the 2010 Cannes premiere of his “Film socialisme,” had “promised he’ll be there — which doesn’t mean he will!”
One of the more intriguing developments of this year’s competition is the unusual dominance of Canadian auteurs. »
- Justin Chang and Elsa Keslassy
With only hours ago before the official selection for the Main Competition is announced, we’ve narrowed our final predictions to the following titles that we’re crystal-balling as the films that will be included on Thierry Fremaux’s highly anticipated list. Despite an obvious drought of Asian auteurs (we’re thinking the rumored frontrunner Takashi Miike won’t be included in tomorrow’s list) who’s to say there won’t be some definite surprises, like Jia Zhang-ke’s A Touch of Sin last year.
Several hopefuls appear not to be ready in time, including Malick, Hsou-hsien, Cristi Puiu, and Innarritu, to name a few. But there does appear to be a high quantity of exciting titles from some of cinema’s leading auteurs. We’re still a bit tentative about whether Xavier Dolan’s latest, Mommy, will get a main competition slot—instead, we’re predicting another surprise, »
- IONCINEMA.com Contributing Writers
With only a week to go before the announcement of the official selection for this year’s Cannes Film Festival Richard Mowe looks at the potential contenders.
A week today (17 April) all will be revealed by artistic director Thierry Fremaux at the media launch in Paris of this year’s 67th edition of the Cannes Film Festival, running from 14 to 25 May.
Tantalising morsels have been dangled by informed sources such as Ken Loach’s Jimmy Hall which if selected would mark his 12th time on the Croisette including the Palme d’Or in 2006 for The Wind That Shakes The Barley and two years ago with The Angels’ Share. A portrait of the Irish communist leader James Gralton (Barry Ward) Loach’s new film is said to be the director’s swansong before he retires from fiction film-making. »
- Richard Mowe
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