Ken Loach Returns to Cannes With ‘Route Irish’

Ken Loach, whose 2006 film The Wind That Shakes the Barley took home the Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival, will be back on the Croissette this year for the tenth time. Loach’s Iraq War film Route Irish was added as the 19th film in competition for the 2010 festival.

There has been a lot of speculation about which film was going to be added and this is not the film that people were hoping for. Terence Malick’s Tree of Life will officially not be playing at this year’s festival, much to the chagrin of many Malick fans, but Loach’s film does add another English-language title to the mix and brings the total up to three.

This is the tenth film that Loach has sent to Cannes, the most recent being 2009’s soccer (aka football) drama Looking for Eric. Loach is one of the few working filmmakers who has had great luck getting his films into Cannes. Paul Laverty who has written almost all of Loach’s films, once again signs on as the writer. Here is the synopsis from Variety:

…the story of two ex-soldiers in love with the same woman who head to Iraq to work as private contractors. It’s set both in Liverpool and Iraq, where a contractor named Fergus (Mark Womack) returns following the death of his friend along the deadly road (from where pic’s title is taken) that links the Green Zone with the airport used by the coalition.

I will have a full write-up on the films premiering at the Cannes Film Festival later this week.

[Source: In Contention]

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