2016 Cannes Palme d’Or
2016 Locarno Audience Award
At the zenith of political filmmaking, Ken Loach won his second Palm d’Or with I, Daniel Blake after 2006’s The Wind that Shakes the Barley. Touching as it as angry, the film follows the eponymous carpenter who lives in Newcastle. Unable to work due to his health condition, Daniel is also denied state allowances. Forced to look for a job, Daniel meets a single mother who goes through similar hardships. In their most favourable work in recent years, Ken Loach and his long-time screenwriting collaborator Paul Laverty draw strength from a realistic standpoint while praising solidarity against the failing system and suffocating bureaucracy.