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I, Daniel Blake

Ken Loach
UK, France, Belgium  2016 / 100’

This is Ken Loache's second Golden Palm winner at Cannes. Daniel Blake is a good-natured widowed carpenter in his sixties, who lives alone. Blake would like to return to his job, but it's against doctor's orders as he recently experienced a serious heart-attack. Though he's too healthy to get a pension from the British welfare system, he can't go back to his old shop as it could end in tragedy. However, he has no way to make a living. Blake's character is a composite of dramatic stories collected by Loach and his friend Paul Laverty on travels throughout Great Britain. They met numerous people demeaned by the law and procedures and dehumanized by the welfare state. The struggle of Blake and young mother Katie (who he meets in the course of his trials) are decidedly more than an engaging call for social justice; they are a fight for a decency.

Katarzyna Wolanin


Cannes IFF 2016 - Palme d'Or, Prize of the Ecumenical Jury - Special Mention, Palm DogManitarian Award

Ken Loach

Ken Loach is an English film and television director who has for many years been considered the leading socially engaged filmmaker. His films often feature regular people dealing with social inequality and flawed redistribution of welfare. Loach's films have received numerous awards at leading festivals. Set to retire in 2014, he returned to win his second Golden Palm at Cannes, for the film I, Daniel Blake.

Selected filmography

1969 Kes

1991 Riff-Raff 

1993 Wiatr w oczy / Raining Stones 

2006 Wiatr buszujący w jęczmieniu / The Wind that shakes the Barley

2012 Whisky dla aniołów / The Angel's Share

2016 Ja, Daniel Blake / I, Daniel Blake   

Cast & Crew

director Ken Loach
screenplay Paul Laverty
cinematography Robbie Ryan
editing Jonathan Morris
music George Fenton
cast Dave Johns, Hayley Squires, Dylan McKiernan, Briana Shann
producer Rebecca O’Brien
production Sixteen Films, Why Not Productions, Wild Bunch
Polish distributor M2 Films
language English
colouration colour