Ken Loach

The first full- lenght film of Ken Loach for the cinema is In Two Minds (1967), realized in a realistic manner that will become the blueprint of the filmmaker.

Ken Loach meets the success of the critics and the public with his second film, Kes (presented in Cannes, during the Semaine de la Critique, in 1970). He tries out the historical cinema with Black Jack (1978), but he dedicates his work essentially to the television during the 1070s- we owe him Days of Hope, a series on the working class, his privileged subject. With Looks and Smiles, he runs for the first time for the Palme d’Or, even if he will have to wait the 1990s to be known as one of the major authors of European cinema. Clear and involved, Ken Loach has a particular point of view on those left behind of the England of the Thatcher era, shown in films as Riff Raff (1991) or Raining Stones, with which he won the Jury Prize in Cannes in 1993. He is a precious observer of the contemporary society (as is witnessed in the unforgettable Sweet Sixteen in 2002).

Jimmy’s Hall, his latest film, traces the path of Jimmy Gralton, Irish communist leader, exiled in the United States in 1909, before going back to his home country and establishing a dance hall in 1921. The film, co- written with Paul Laverty, was selected to compete for the Palme d’Or in the main competition session at the 2014 Cannes Film Festival