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British Film Institute to Sharpen Focus on Young People, Digital Media, Regions

29 November 2016 4:41 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

The British Film Institute unveiled its five-year strategy Tuesday with objectives that include increased spending outside of London, a drive to encourage 16-30 year olds to watch more British independent and specialty movies, and a looser definition of “film” so that the government-funded organization can back more innovative work.

BFI chair, Josh Berger, who launched the 2017-2022 strategy alongside the BFI’s CEO, Amanda Nevill, at an event in Birmingham, England, said the film business contributed £4.3 billion ($5.37 billion) a year to the U.K.’s gross domestic product. He said between 2009-2013 employment in the core U.K. film sector grew by 21.6% compared with a 3% rise in jobs in the British economy as a whole in that period. The BFI’s budget for 2017-2022 is projected to total £489 million ($610 million).

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‘Toni Erdmann,’ ‘I, Daniel Blake,’ ‘Elle,’ ‘Julieta,’ ‘Room,’ Nominated for Best European Film at European Film Awards

5 November 2016 5:14 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

In line with expectations, five of the highest-profile European films of the year, including four Cannes competitors, will vie for Best European Film at this year’s European Film Awards: Paul Verhoeven’s “Elle,” Ken Loach’s “I, Daniel Blake,” Pedro Almodovar’s “Julieta,” Lenny Abrahamson’s “Room,” and Maren Ade’s “Toni Erdmann.”

But it’s the film from the least-known of the five directors, “Toni Erdmann” – at least until it bowed at the Cannes to one of the best critical receptions in years – that leads the pack with five major European Film Award nominations, which were announced this Saturday in the Spanish city of Seville.

Of high-profile actors, Isabelle Huppert has scored a nomination for best actress for “Elle.” Hugh Grant will compete for the best actor award for “Florence Foster Jenkins.”

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Ken Loach’s ‘I, Daniel Blake’ Leads British Independent Film Awards Race

1 November 2016 2:10 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Ken Loach’s “I, Daniel Blake” topped the list of nominations for the British Independent Film Awards announced Tuesday. The film features in seven categories, including film, director and screenplay. Its stars, Hayley Squires and Dave Johns, are both nominated twice, for the acting prizes (actress and actor, respectively) and for most promising newcomer.

“American Honey,” “Adult Life Skills,” “Notes on Blindness” and “Under the Shadow” have six nominations each, while “The Girl With All the Gifts” has four. The nominees for best film are “American Honey,” “Couple in a Hole,” “I, Daniel Blake,” “Notes on Blindness” and “Under the Shadow.”

It’s a particularly strong year for new talent in the performance categories, with most promising newcomer candidates Johns, Squires, and “My Feral Heart’s” Steve Brandon all nominated for lead acting prizes. In the best actress category, Jodie Whitaker (“Adult Life Skills”) and Kate Dickie (“Couple in a Hole”) receive their second BIFA nominations, while the other nominees, Squires, Narges Rashidi (“Under the Shadow”) and Sasha Lane (“American Honey”), are all nominated for the first time.

For best actor, Johns, Max Records (“I Am Not a Serial Killer”), Shia LaBeouf (“American Honey”) and Brandon are all first-time nominees. Michael Fassbender (“Trespass Against Us”) rounds off the category with his third consecutive nomination and his sixth nomination overall, having previously won twice, for “Hunger” (2008) and “Shame” (2011).

All those in the supporting actress and supporting actor categories are first-time nominees with the exception of Sean Harris (“Trespass Against Us”), who is nominated in this category for the third consecutive year.

In the director category, “American Honey’s” Andrea Arnold receives her fourth BIFA nomination having won in the same category for “Fish Tank” in 2009. Loach is nominated for “I, Daniel Blake,” his fifth BIFA nomination. Loach won for “My Name Is Joe” in 1998, when he was also awarded a Lifetime Achievement Award. Loach was also recognized with a Special Jury Prize in 2006 when “The Wind That Shakes the Barley” was nominated for four awards, and shared in the Special Jury Prize for Sixteen Films/Team Loach in 2013.

Ben Wheatley is nominated for “Free Fire,” his fifth BIFA nomination; Wheatley won the Raindance Award for his feature film debut, “Down Terrace,” in 2009. Babak Anvari is a first-time nominee for “Under the Shadow,” for which he is also nominated for The Douglas Hickox Award for best debut director. Directing partners Peter Middleton and James Spinney also receive their first BIFA nominations for both director and the Douglas Hickox Award for their debut, “Notes on Blindness.”

More than 130 films were submitted for consideration, and 32 different feature films have been nominated across the awards.

Winners will be announced at the Dec. 4 awards ceremony at Old Billingsgate, London.

The Richard Harris Award is to be announced later in November. The award, introduced in 2002 in honor of Richard Harris, recognizes outstanding contribution to British film by an actor. As previously announced, Naomie Harris will receive The Variety Award, which recognizes a director, actor, writer or producer who has made a global impact and helped to focus the international spotlight on the U.K.

A complete list of 2016 British Independent Film Awards nominees follows:

BRITISH INDEPENDENT FILM

AMERICAN HONEY Andrea Arnold, Lars Knudsen, Jay Van Hoy, Pouya Shahbazian, Alice Weinberg, Thomas Benski, Lucas Ochoa

COUPLE IN A HOLE Tom Geens, Zorana Piggott

I, DANIEL BLAKE Ken Loach, Paul Laverty, Rebecca O’Brien

NOTES ON BLINDNESS Peter Middleton, James Spinney, Mike Brett, Jo-Jo Ellison, Steve Jamison, Alex Usborne

UNDER THE SHADOW Babak Anvari, Emily Leo, Oliver Roskill, Lucan Toh

INTERNATIONAL INDEPENDENT FILM

HUNT FOR THE WILDERPEOPLE Taika Waititi, Carthew Neal, Matt Noonan, Leanne Saunders

MANCHESTER BY THE SEA Kenneth Lonergan, Kimberly Steward, Matt Damon, Chris Moore, Lauren Beck, Kevin J. Walsh

MOONLIGHT Barry Jenkins, Adele Romanski, Dede Gardner, Jeremy Kleiner

MUSTANG Deniz Gamze Ergüven, Alice Winocour, Charles Gillibert

TONI ERDMANN Maren Ade, Janine Jackowski, Jonas Dornbach, Michel Merkt

DIRECTOR

ANDREA ARNOLD American Honey

BABAK ANVARI Under the Shadow

BEN WHEATLEY Free Fire

KEN LOACH I, Daniel Blake

PETER MIDDLETON, JAMES SPINNEY, Notes on Blindness

SCREENPLAY

ANDREA ARNOLD American Honey

BABAK ANVARI Under the Shadow

BILLY O’BRIEN, CHRISTOPHER HYDE I Am Not a Serial Killer

PAUL LAVERTY I, Daniel Blake

RACHEL TUNNARD Adult Life Skills

ACTRESS

HAYLEY SQUIRES I, Daniel Blake

JODIE WHITTAKER Adult Life Skills

KATE DICKIE Couple in a Hole

NARGES RASHIDI Under the Shadow

SASHA LANE American Honey

ACTOR

DAVE JOHNS I, Daniel Blake

MAX RECORDS I Am Not a Serial Killer

MICHAEL FASSBENDER Trespass Against Us

SHIA LABEOUF American Honey

STEVE BRANDON My Feral Heart

SUPPORTING ACTRESS

AVIN MANSHADI Under the Shadow

GEMMA ARTERTON The Girl With All the Gifts

NAOMIE HARRIS Our Kind of Traitor

SHANA SWASH My Feral Heart

TERRY PHETO A United Kingdom

SUPPORTING ACTOR

ARINZÉ KENE The Pass

BRETT GOLDSTEIN Adult Life Skills

CHRISTOPHER LLOYD I Am Not a Serial Killer

JAMIE DORNAN Anthropoid

SEAN HARRIS Trespass Against Us

DOCUMENTARY

THE CONFESSION: LIVING THE WAR ON TERROR Ashish Ghadiali, James Rogan

DANCER Steven Cantor, Gabrielle Tana

THE HARD STOP George Amponsah, Dionne Walker

NOTES ON BLINDNESS Peter Middleton, James Spinney, Mike Brett, Jo-Jo Ellison, Steve Jamison, Alex Usborne

VERSUS: THE LIFE AND FILMS OF KEN LOACH Louise Osmond, Rebecca O’Brien

OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT IN CRAFT

JOAKIM SUNDSTRÖM Sound – Notes on Blindness

PAUL MONAGHAN, MAT WHITECROSS Editing – Supersonic

ROBBIE RYAN Cinematography – American Honey

SEB BARKER Visual Effects – The Girl With All the Gifts

SHAHEEN BAIG Casting – Free Fire

THE DOUGLAS HICKOX AWARD (DEBUT DIRECTOR)

ADAM SMITH Trespass Against Us

ALICE LOWE Prevenge

BABAK ANVARI Under the Shadow

PETER MIDDLETON, JAMES SPINNEY Notes on Blindness

RACHEL TUNNARD Adult Life Skills

DEBUT SCREENWRITER

ED TALFAN The Passing (Yr Ymadawiad)

HOPE DICKSON LEACH The Levelling

JOHN CAIRNS, MICHAEL McCARTNEY A Patch of Fog

RACHEL TUNNARD Adult Life Skills

SIMON FARNABY, JULIAN BARRATT Mindhorn

BREAKTHROUGH PRODUCER

CAMILLE GATIN The Girl With All the Gifts

DIONNE WALKER The Hard Stop

MICHAEL BERLINER Adult Life Skills

MIKE BRETT, JO-JO ELLISON, STEVE JAMISON Notes on Blindness

PAUL FEGAN Where You’re Meant to Be

MOST PROMISING NEWCOMER

DAVE JOHNS I, Daniel Blake

HAYLEY SQUIRES I, Daniel Blake

LETITIA WRIGHT Urban Hymn

SENNIA NANUA The Girl With All the Gifts

STEVE BRANDON My Feral Heart

THE DISCOVERY AWARD

BLACK MOUNTAIN POETS Jamie Adams, Jon Rennie

THE DARKEST UNIVERSE Tom Kingsley, Will Sharpe, Tiani Ghosh, Jo-Jo Ellison

THE GHOUL Gareth Tunley, Jack Healy Guttmann, Tom Meeten

GOZO Miranda Bowen, Leo Scott

THE GREASY STRANGLER Jim Hosking, Toby Harvard, Daniel Noah, Andrew Starke, Ant Timpson, Josh C Waller, Elijah Wood

BRITISH SHORT

JACKED Rene Pannevis, Ashish Ghadiali, Jennifer Eriksson

MOTHER Leo Leigh, Scott O’Donnell

OVER Jörn Threlfall, Jeremy Bannister

RATE ME Fyzal Boulifa, Taina Galis

THE WRONG END OF THE STICK Terri Matthews, Chris Cornwell, Sam Bank

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Cannes Palme d’Or Winner ‘I, Daniel Blake’ Gets Oscar Season Release

30 August 2016 8:00 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Sundance Selects has set Ken Loach’s Palme d’Or winner “I, Daniel Blake” for a Dec. 23 limited release with a multi-city expansion to follow, Variety has learned.

The film premiered in Competition at this year’s Cannes Film Festival in May, and ultimately claimed its top prize. It marked the second Palme d’Or of Loach’s career after 2006’s “The Wind That Shakes the Barley,” making him one of just eight filmmakers to have won the prestigious honor twice.

“I, Daniel Blake” stars Dave Johns as the eponymous Blake, a middle-aged carpenter who requires state welfare after he suffers a heart attack and nearly falls from a scaffold. He’s joined by Katie (Hayley Squires), a single mother caught in similarly dire straights. Variety critic Owen Gleiberman called it “a work of scalding and moving relevance” in his Cannes review.

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New York Film Festival Loads 2016 Main Slate With Festival-Circuit Favorites

9 August 2016 9:00 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

The 2016 New York Film Festival has filled its 25-title Main Slate with buzzmagnet favorites from other stops on the festival circuit, with organizers announcing a lineup that includes “I, Daniel Blake,” “Toni Erdmann” and “Manchester by the Sea.”

Ken Loach’s “I, Daniel Blake,” about a man struggling to apply for government benefits after a heart attack, won the Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival earlier this year, while Maren Ade’s comedy “Toni Erdmann,” centering on a hippie dad and his corporate-exec daughter, scored the Critics’ Prize. Olivier Assayas’ team-up with star Kristen Stewart, “Personal Shopper,” and Cristian Mungiu’s drama “Graduation,” both also in Nyff, tied for the Cannes director prize. Jim Jarmusch’s “Paterson,” starring Adam Driver, also screened at Cannes, as did Pedro Almodovar’s “Julieta.”

Sundance buzzmagnet “Manchester by the Sea” marks Kenneth Longergan’s first outing at Nyff, while Berlin titles “Fire at Sea, »

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Brexit: Seven Likely Consequences for the British Film and TV Industry

24 June 2016 4:45 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

The British voters’ decision to leave the European Union is likely to have multiple consequences for the British entertainment biz, with leading U.K. industry figures approached by Variety highlighting several areas of concern.

First is the likely end of financial backing from the Media Program, the E.U.’s funding body for the film, TV and digital media sectors. This will hit funding for film in particular, including training, project development, co-production, festivals and the theatrical distribution of E.U. films in Britain and the theatrical distribution of British films in Europe.

One example of Media Program support is the €40 million ($44.3 million) given to the theatrical distribution of 84 British films in other European countries in 2014 and 2015. Another example is the funding of the development of this year’s Palme d’Or winner I, Daniel BlakeI, Daniel Blake[/i], directed by British filmmaker Ken Loach, through the Media Program’s Slate Development initiative. »

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Benefits system ‘a cruel bureaucracy’, says Ken Loach after Cannes win

23 May 2016 2:28 AM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Fresh from winning Palme d’Or with I, Daniel Blake, veteran director says he hopes it will affect government policy the same way as earlier film Cathy Come Home

Film-maker Ken Loach has called the benefits system a “cruel bureaucracy” which makes users feel inferior and desperate in an interview after winning his second Palme d’Or at the Cannes film festival.

Loach clinched the festival’s highest honour for his welfare state drama I, Daniel Blake, about a carpenter struggling with the inanities and indignities of the benefits system.

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Ken Loach wins Palme d'Or at Cannes – video

22 May 2016 11:59 PM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

British film director Ken Loach wins the Palme d’Or at this year’s Cannes film festival for I, Daniel Blake. It’s the second time he has won the festival’s top honour. I, Daniel Blake is a social-realist drama about a disabled carpenter struggling with the red tape of the benefits system. “We must give a message of hope. We must say another world is possible and necessary,’ he said as he accepted the award. Photograph: Afp Photo/Valery Hache/Getty Images

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From ‘I, Daniel Blake’ to ‘American Honey’ to ‘Tony Erdmann,’ the best films at Cannes this year were bulletins from a new world

22 May 2016 8:05 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Movies channel the world, even when they’re not trying to. At a festival like Cannes, the films that win awards — and the ones that are most celebrated, which aren’t always the award winners — have usually had a heartbeat of relevance. They’re movies that speak to us because they matter, and they matter because they express what’s going on around them.

Yet at Cannes this year, that reality was only heightened by a gathering awareness — of a theme that cuts across movies, directors, cultures, nations. Accepting the Palme d’Or for “I, Daniel Blake,” director Ken Loach observed, “We must say that another world is possible, and necessary.” He was speaking of the issue that runs like a current through “I, Daniel Blake,” and that makes it such a trenchant and moving film: not just the bureaucratic perils of the British welfare system, but the fraying social »

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Oldest And Youngest Directors Take Top Cannes Prizes, But Only Ken Loach Deserved It – Analysis

22 May 2016 2:20 PM, PDT | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

First let me say to the esteemed jury of the 69th Cannes Film Festival, picking Ken Loach’s moving and vital I, Daniel Blake, about a carpenter fighting to retain his benefits after losing his livelihood because of a debilitating health crisis, was an inspired choice — especially for a film that came so early in the festival and could have been forgotten or had its impact lessened by the tsunami of other contenders that followed. The emotional impact of the movie, which… »

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Cannes 2016: Ken Loach's I, Daniel Blake wins the Palme d'Or - live!

22 May 2016 12:50 PM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

All the awards at the 69th Cannes film festival, as it happens, with Ken Loach’s powerful polemic winning the big prize

8.50pm BST

Right, I’m off. Make sure you head back later to the film site to see Peter Bradshaw’s full analysis of the winners. If only all awards shows were this gloriously short.

8.36pm BST

The stars of I, Daniel Blake react on Twitter here. The film doesn’t have a UK release date confirmed yet but it’s likely to be pushed around awards time.

Omg we've won the Palme D'or our film

I Daniel Blake ..I'm blow away

Palme 'dor tears flowing across the sea mate. @SixteenFilms love you all, greatest team in the world!!!

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Ken Loach’s ‘I, Daniel Blake’ Takes Palme D’Or; Director Joins Double-Winners Club – Cannes

22 May 2016 12:26 PM, PDT | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

Update, 12:26 Pm Pt: The Cannes jury said this was the longest deliberation process in the history of the festival as tonight’s awards ceremony began. Following conventional wisdom, there are some head-scratchers in the mix (stay tuned for Pete Hammond’s analysis). The Palme d’Or went to Ken Loach’s well-regarded I, Daniel Blake, a social drama about a an ailing carpenter’s struggle against the bureaucracy of the healthcare system. The 79-year-old director had previously… »

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I, Daniel Blake Nabs the Coveted Palme d'Or as the 2016 Cannes Film Festival Comes to a Close

22 May 2016 12:20 PM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Amid the fashion and famous faces at the Cannes Film Festival, it is sometimes easy to forget the annual gathering's main focus is celebrating the art of cinema. The 69th annual 11-day festival, held in France, awarded its top honors on Sunday, coming to a close until next May. I, Daniel Blake, directed by Ken Loach, 79, was awarded the Palme d'Or, the festival's highest prize. The film follows the welfare battle of a 59-year-old Englishman who becomes ill shortly before meeting a struggling single mother. Loach has won the Palme once before, for 2006's Cillian Murphy-starring drama The Wind That That Shakes the Barley. »

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Ken Loach, Xavier Dolan Top Surprising Cannes Awards Ceremony; Andrea Arnold’s American Honey Wins Jury Prize

22 May 2016 12:17 PM, PDT | Filmmaker Magazine - Blog | See recent Filmmaker Magazine news »

One of the more surprising Cannes awards ceremonies has just ended, with Ken Loach becoming a two-time Palme d’Or winner with his I, Daniel Blake, about a 59-year-old carpenter battling England’s health care system following a heart attack, winning the top prize. (The director’s The Wind that Swept the Barley won the Palme in 2006.) I, Daniel Blake, while not one of the buzzier titles in the Competition, was generally well received; the same can’t be said for the jury’s Grand Prix, awarded to Xavier Dolan’s It’s Only the End of the World. Variety’s Guy Lodge tweeted, “Giving Xavier Dolan […] »

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Loach victorious in a divided Cannes by Richard Mowe - 2016-05-22 20:05:08

22 May 2016 12:05 PM, PDT | eyeforfilm.co.uk | See recent eyeforfilm.co.uk news »

Ken Loach says he is alarmed that things have changed so little since Cathy Come Home Photo: Richard Mowe

One of the most divisive Cannes Film Festivals in recent memory found several films polarising critical and public opinion, but one that was universally applauded has won the Palme d’Or at tonight’s closing ceremony (22 May) - veteran British film-maker Ken Loach’s I, Daniel Blake.

“Cannes is very important for the future of cinema. Stay strong please,” said Loach who received the award from Mel Gibson. “To receive this in this situation is strange for us, because we have to remember the people who inspired us to make the film. Cinema combines the world of imagination and the world we live in and the world we live in is at a dangerous point at the moment. Millions of people are in serious hardship. Cinema has many traditions and one »

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Cannes 2016. Awards

22 May 2016 11:50 AM, PDT | MUBI | See recent MUBI news »

In CompetitionPalme d'Or – I, Daniel Blake, directed by Ken Loach. Grand Prix – It's Only the End of the World, directed by Xavier Dolan.Jury Prize – American Honey, directed by Andrea Arnold. Best Director – Olivier Assayas for Personal Shopper and Cristian Mungiu for Graduation. Best Actor – Shahab Hosseini for The Salesman.Best Actress – Jaclyn Jose for Ma' Rosa.Best Screenplay – Asghar Farhadi for The Salesman.Un Certain RegardPrix Un Certain Regard – The Happiest Day in the Life of Olli Mäki, directed by Juho KuosmanenJury Prize – Harmonium, directed by Köji Fukada. Best Director – Captain Fantastic, directed by Matt Ross. Best Screenplay – Delphine Coulin and Muriel Coulin for The Stopover. Special Prize – The Red Turtle, directed by Michael Dudok de WitCamera d'OrCamera d'Or – Divines, directed by Houda Benyamina.Critics' WeekCritics' Week Grand Prize – Mimosas, directed by Oliver Laxe. FIPRESCICompetition Fipresci Prize – Toni Erdmann, directed by Maren AdeUn Certain Regard Fipresci Prize – Caini, directed »

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Ken Loach stuns at Cannes 2016 with Palme d'Or win for I, Daniel Blake

22 May 2016 11:49 AM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

The 79-year-old Briton has triumphed at the Cannes film festival for the second time with his welfare state drama, as Andrea Arnold’s American Honey takes third prize and dark horses pick up awards across the board

There were shocks and surprises – and even talk of a renegade jury – at the closing ceremony for the 69th Cannes film festival. Few of the perceived favourites picked up prizes, while some movies derided as turkeys triumphed – and the one-award-per-movie rule also appeared to have been torn up.

Related: I, Daniel Blake review: Ken Loach's welfare state polemic is blunt, dignified and brutally moving

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Cannes Film Festival Winners!

22 May 2016 11:32 AM, PDT | AwardsDaily.com | See recent AwardsDaily news »

Palme d’Or I, Daniel Blake, dir: Ken Loach Grand Prize Xavier Dolan, It’s Only The End Of The World Best Director Tie Cristian Mungiu, Graduation Olivier Assayas, Personal Shopper Jury Prize American Honey, »

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Cannes: Ken Loach’s ‘I, Daniel Blake’ Wins Palme d’Or; Xavier Dolan Takes Grand Prix, Andrea Arnold Nabs Jury Prize

22 May 2016 11:32 AM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

Twelve days of cinephile heaven are over as the Cannes Film Festival wraps up for another year. This evening in the south of France, the George Miller led jury have made their selection of the winners. And as per usual, there were some major curveballs. Ashgar Farhadi‘s well-received, but not particularly wildly acclaimed “The Salesman” […]

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Cannes 2016: Ken Loach’s ‘I, Daniel Blake’ takes the Palme d’Or

22 May 2016 11:28 AM, PDT | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

After 12 days of glorious cinema in the South of France (read all of our coverage right here), and 21 films in competition as part of the official selection, tonight head of the Cannes Jury George Miller announced the winners of the festival, including the prestigious Palme d’Or for best in show.

Ken Loach’s superb I, Daniel Blake, which we reviewed here, won the British director his second Plame d’Or – he won back in 2006 for the first time with The Wind That Shakes the Barley.

In our review we said that the film’s lead actor, comedian Dave Johns, ‘is near perfect in his portrayal of his character, a humble, grieving, decent man with only help to give and nothing to take from the state unnecessarily. Hayley Squires matches that performance with Katie, a single mother who many will obviously identify with, and her turn in practically flawless. In the film generally, »

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