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The social realist tendencies in British director Ken Loach's films started nearly half a century ago, so it's easy to forget that no matter his penchant for tackling serious issues with historical weight, he's also capable of crafting smooth entertainment—especially with his recent comedies "Looking for Eric" and "The Angels' Share"—without sacrificing their credibility and intelligence. At 77, Loach hasn't lost touch with this balance, as proven by his enjoyable period drama "Jimmy's Hall." Though it features a dramatic scenario involving the censorship of a small Irish town in the early thirties, Loach manages to enliven potentially stuffy material with lively storytelling and likable personalities. Chief among them is real-life Irish communist Jimmy Gralton (Barry Ward), who challenged the religious community in the provincial country town he grew up by creating a gathering place for locals to dance and engage in intellectual discussion. Naturally, that decision doesn't sit well. »
- Eric Kohn
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
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
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
Acclaimed director Terry Gilliam will attend the première of his new film, The Zero Theorem, in Glasgow later this month, it was announced today. The Glasgow Film Festival has announced several big name guests who will be present at this year's events, including Richard Dreyfuss and Jason Priestley for Cas & Dylan and Thomas Imbach for Mary, Queen Of Scots. Japanese director Sang-il Lee will introduce Unforgiven, his adaptation of the Clint Eastwood classic, and Jean-Paul Salomé will discuss Playing Dead.
Alongside this international line-up will be Scottish talent including Paul Brannigan, star of The Angels' Share, and David Mackenzie, who directed Perfect Sense and will be introducing his new film Starred Up. There will also be a chance to meet Ricky Jay, the celebrated stage magician whose work has appeared in everything from Boogie Nights to The Prestige.
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- Jennie Kermode
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