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Cannes: Ken Loach's 'I, Daniel Blake' Wins Palme d'Or; Full List of Winners

Magazine article Screen International

Cannes: Ken Loach's 'I, Daniel Blake' Wins Palme d'Or; Full List of Winners

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Ken Loach's I, Daniel Blake has won the Palme d'Or at the 69th Cannes Film Festival (May 11-22), marking the second time the British filmmaker has won the top prize after The Wind That Shakes The Barley in 2006.

The 79-year-old filmmaker returned for a record 13th Competition entry with the tale of an injured carpenter and single mother caught in a bureaucracy nightmare within the UK welfare system.

Accepting the Palme d'Or from actor Mel Gibson, Loach used his acceptance speech to spotlight the "dangerous project of austerity".

"We must give a message of hope, we must say another world is possible," he said. "The world we live in is at a dangerous point right now. We are in the grip of a dangerous project of austerity driven by ideas that we call neo-liberalism that have brought us to near catastrophe."

Since Kes screened in Cannes' Critics' Week in 1970, the social-realist UK film-maker has screened 16 films at Cannes and has clinched the Jury Prize three times, most recently in 2012 with The Angels' Share.

Wild Bunch secured a raftof sales for I, Daniel Blake during Cannes' Marche du Film. eOne has UK rights while Sundance Selects will distribute in the US.

While Loach's film secured a solid score on Screen's Jury Grid of critics, the official jury - led by Mad Max director George Miller - went in a different direction, awarding no prizes to Maren Ade's German comedy Toni Erdmann or Jim Jarmusch's Paterson, which both scored very highly with critics.


Xavier Dolan's It's Only The End Of The World (Juste La Fin Du Monde) won the festival's Grand Prix, despite a critical mauling following its press screening.

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The Canadian filmmaker, aged just 27, returned with his third Competition entry and his fifth film to premiere on the Croisette (he won the Jury Prize two years ago with Mommy).

The family drama stars Marion Cotillard, Léa Seydoux, Gaspard Ulliel and Vincent Cassel.


Asghar Farhadi's Iranian drama The Salesman (Forushande) won two prizes on the night: best screenplay for Farhadi and best actor for Shahab Hosseini.

Iranian film-maker Farhadi returned to Cannes with his follow up to 2013's The Past, for which Bérénice Bejo won the best actress award.

The Salesman is about a couple in a touring production of Arthur Miller's Death Of A Salesman whose relationship turns violent.

Hosseini, who appeared in Farhadi's Golden Bear and Oscar-winning A Separation, stars as one half of the central couple alongside Taraneh Alidoosti, who played the eponymous role in Farhadi's About Elly.

Meanwhile, best actress went to Jaclyn Jose for her lead role in Brilliante Mendoza's Ma' Rosa, in which she plays a poor mother-of-four in Manila who sells drugs on the side to make ends meet.

The film saw Filipino filmmaker Mendoza reunite with Jose, having worked with the veteran actress on Service, which played in Competition at Cannes in 2008.


The best director prize was shared between France's Olivier Assayas for Personal Shopper, starring Kristen Stewart, and Romania's Cristian Mungiu with Graduation (Bacalaureat).

The last time the director prize was shared was in 2002, between US filmmaker Paul Thomas Anderson for Punch-Drunk Love and South Korea's Im Kwon-taek for Painted Fire .

For Assayas, it marked his fourth appearance in Competition – with Clouds Of Sils Maria his most recent entry in 2014 – with this ghost story set in Paris's fashion underworld.

The director reteamed with Kristen Stewart, who won a César for her supporting turn in Clouds Of Sils Maria, and this time played the lead.

Graduation marked Romanian director Mungiu's third film to screen in Competition following 4 Months, 3 Weeks & 2 Days in 2007, which won the Palme d'Or, and Beyond The Hills, which scooped him best screenplay and joint best actress for its leads in 2012. …

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