I, Daniel Blake
Director: Ken Loach
Cast: Dave Johns, Hayley Squires
FILM INFO: 100 minutes, UK/France/Belgium, 2016, 15A
Newcastle carpenter Daniel Blake (Dave Johns) is recovering from a recent heart attack. He finds himself fighting a welfare system where his benefits will be taken away unless he looks for work, despite doctor’s orders preventing him from working if he does find a job.
As he battles against this absurd bureaucracy, Daniel befriends Katie (Hayley Squires), a young single mother with two kids, who is also struggling with the system after relocating to Newcastle from a London homeless shelter.
Deserving of its recent Palme d’Or win (the second for its director), Loach and long-time collaborator screenwriter Paul Laverty, deliver a powerful work of quiet outrage that is at turns intensely moving, darkly humourous and deeply heartbreaking.
Cannes Film Festival 2016
Locarno International Film Festival 2016
Toronto International Film Festival 2016
San Sebastián International Film Festival 2016
Palme d’Or, Cannes Film Festival 2016
Audience Award, Locarno International Film Festival 2016
Audience Award, San Sebastián International Film Festival 2016
“…a film of magnificent and harrowing scorn, one of his very best.” – Sight & Sound
★★★★ “Ken Loach at his most moving – and most vital” – The Irish Times
★★★★ “…blunt, dignified and brutally moving.” – The Guardian
Nominated for 7 British Independent Film Awards
Nominated for 4 European Film Awards