I, Daniel Blake, by British filmmaker Ken Loach has won the coveted Palme d’Or at Cannes Film Festival 2016.It’s the second win in the history of the competition and 13th nomination for the veteran filmmaker too.
Christine Langan, Head of BBC Films says: ‘The Palme d’Or win for Ken Loach’s I, Daniel Blake is a stunning tribute to one of our most humane film makers. We’re honoured at BBC Films to have backed Ken and heartily congratulate him and his team on this most powerful and moving piece. I, Daniel Blake is a lesson in cinema connecting with modern life and ordinary people and we’re thrilled that it’s been recognised in this way.’
BBC Films were delighted to bring Ken Loach’s I, Daniel Blake to the prestigious competition in Cannes this year. Written by Paul Laverty, starring Dave Johns and Hayley Squires; the film explores the life of Daniel Blake, who has worked as a joiner most of his life in the North East of England, when following a heart attack and nearly falling from a scaffold, he needs help from the State for the first time in his life.the film is bureaucracy of the current government regime. The film have left Cannes with rave reviews and a film which is attack on The Tory government’s assault on the working class of UK.
As Ken Loach approaches his 80th birthday, BBC Films and BFI will release a feature documentary entitled Versus: The Life And Films Of Ken Loach, in cinemas on 3rd June (airing on BBC2 later this year). The documentary offers a funny, provocative and revealing account of Loach’s life and career as one of Britain’s foremost filmmakers. From award winning director, Louise Osmond, Versus: The Life And Films Of Ken Loach offers a surprisingly candid behind-the-scenes account of Loach’s over 50 years of filmmaking.
Andrea Arnold won her third Jury Prize with American Honey a film starring Shia Lebeouf. Xavier Dolan‘s It’s Only The End Of The World caused some outrage however some critics have called Dolan’s film his best ever despite many disagreeing.
Here’s The List of winners…
Ken Loach, I, Daniel Blake
Xavier Dolan, It’s Only The End Of The World
Christian Mungui, Graduation (Bacalaureat)
Olivier Assayas, Personal Shopper
Asghar Farhadi, The Salesman
Andrea Arnold, American Honey
Jaclyn Jose, Ma’ Rosa
Shahab Hosseini, The Salesman
Houda Benyamina, Divines
Short Film Palme d’Or
Juanjo Gimenez, Timecode